EcoCivilizations Planning

This specialization will enable students to master the art of improving the quality of life without compromising environmental quality. Planning EcoCivilizations will equip you to begin where your community is today and work with current policies, people, and resources towards a balance between ecology and improved quality of life.

Future Generations has pioneered this approach now for a quarter century, setting up projects around the world, such as the national parks around Mount Everest. Future Generations alumni have now applied the model from the jungles of India to the forests of Uganda to urban recycling in Atlanta in the USA.

Students who take this specialization are local employees of nonprofit organizations, workers in either conservation or economic development, and writers or fundraisers in conservation and/or development. What they share is a keen interest in linking the well-being of communities and the environment, acquiring the skills to improve both.


Class of 2019 Academic Calender

Term 1
Feb. 5 – June 8, 2018
Term 2
Sept. 4, 2018 – Jan. 4, 2019
Term 3
Feb. 4 – June 7, 2019
Term 4
Sept. 3 – Dec. 31, 2019
Completed Application Due Dec. 1, 2017

Class of 2020 Academic Calender

Term 1
Sept. 4, 2018 – Jan. 4, 2019
Term 2
Feb. 4 – June 7, 2019
Term 3
Sept. 3 – Dec. 31, 2019
Term 4
Feb. 3 – June 5, 2020
Completed Applications Due June 1, 2018

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Assimilating different viewpoints, priorities, and resources
  • Setting priorities for a healthy future for people and place
  • Recognizing resources your community has to work with
  • Growing action from continually shifting reality
  • Monitoring progress with measurable indicators
  • Communicating successes to community and the world
  • Defining such change in scholarly frameworks and methods

Professional Skills Course Outline

ACC 601
Introduction to Applied Community Change
PSK 602
Strategic Resource Mapping
PRC 601
Graduate Study Foundations
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 602
Health for All
PSK 604
21st Century Communication
PRC 602
Social Research Methods
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 603
Going to Scale
PSK 601
Nonprofit Management
PRC 603
Monitoring & Evaluation
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 604
Sustainable Communities
PSK 611
Action Research for Learning Enhancement
PRC 604
Synthesis & Integration
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
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Professional Skills and Knowledge Course Summaries

  • ​PSK 602 - STRATEGIC RESOURCE MAPPING: This course examines longitudinal societal, economic, geographic, natural resource, environmental, and political metrics and mapping for technical needs and effectiveness of sustainable intervention.
  • PSK 604 - 21ST CENTURY COMMUNICATION The course introduces students the basic tenants of branding and marketing in the digital era, while equipping them with skills in web design and social media. Students are introduced to various multimedia tools, platforms and practices in order to effectively communicate in the 21st century. With a specific focus on learning to refine and communicate social impact, this course prepares students to use the internet as a catalyst for social change.
  • PSK 601 - NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT This course covers organizational management skills and strategies for making effective plans and partnerships. Students will gain a general overview of financial management and grant reporting to effectively plan, monitor, and evaluate sustainable development projects.
  • PSK 611 - ACTION RESEARCH FOR LEARNING ENHANCEMENT - Students learn to establish baseline knowledge of the assets and needs of learning populations; understand how learning objectives are designed, articulated and pursued; refine principles and strategies for teaching and learning excellence; discern key indicators of change to inform individual and community-based monitoring and evaluation; analyze qualitative and quantitative assessment data; and strategize iterations of the learning enhancement.