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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Contemporary Social and Political Issues

15 hours (variable - over several weeks).
Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH; instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.
May 2007 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recognize and discuss current social and political issues in their relevance to their professional work; evaluate current socio-political trends and circumstances in the light of considerations arising from an anthroposophically expanded, ethical and transdisciplinary perspective; articulate their professional approach, including the anthroposophic perspective, in a way that can be understood and appreciated by those unfamiliar with anthroposophy; enter into meaningful and constructive professional dialogue with perspectives other than one’s own; develop the capacity to listen to, evaluate and appreciate what comes towards them from other perspectives, and to work with it creatively and constructively.


Inclusive social development work always takes place in the context of a current social and political situation. In the field of human services and developmental disabilities, professionals need to be able to perceive and understand this social and political context in which their work takes places. This requires the ability to engage with current issues and enter into intelligent dialogue with others involved in this work. As anthroposophic practitioners, they should bring a deepened perspective to such dialogue, being able to articulate their approach in a way that can be understood by others who are unfamiliar with anthroposophy and anthroposophic curative education. In turn, they must also develop the capacity to listen to, evaluate and appreciate what comes towards them from other perspectives and to work with it creatively and constructively. This course lays a foundation for such dialogue and engagement through a discussion of current articles on themes related to the field of inclusive social development work.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Curative Education, Special Education, Psychology, Disability Studies, Social Science, Human Services, Social Work, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/07) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).