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Esoteric Science

Curative Education Program, Glenmoore, PA; Social Therapy Program, Copake, NY; Soquel, CA; N. Vancouver, BC; and instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.
45 hours (variable over several weeks).
September 2005 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain the concept of spiritual science and its relationship to natural science; describe the nature of the human being from a spiritual-scientific perspective as a differentiated being of body, soul and spirit; describe the nature of sleep and death from a spiritual-scientific perspective; explain the basic principles of karma and reincarnation, as described by Steiner; describe basic principles of cosmic and human evolution from a spiritual-scientific perspective; outline the steps necessary for the practice of spiritual scientific research, as described by Steiner; participate effectively in disciplined group study and discussion; facilitate a study group discussion, using agreed-upon parameters and processes.

Rudolf Steiner's Esoteric Science is considered one of the foundations of anthroposophical spiritual science. It develops the idea of a science of the supersensible world and gives an overview of methods and content of such a discipline. A group study and discussion of this complex material allows participants to deepen their understanding of the philosophical background to anthroposophical curative education and social therapy. The practice of disciplined group work also builds practical social and communication skills.
Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Curative Education, Philosophy, Consciousness Studies, Contemplative Practice, Contemplative Spiritual Practice, Western Spirituality, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/07) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation).