In Philosophy, my usual courses include:
PHL 110: What Can We Know?, a course that puts critical thinking skills in the larger philosophical context of debates over skepticism and the foundations of knowledge.
PHL 112: How Should We Live?, an exploration of the nature of value (how can there be such a thing as value in the world? where does it come from?) and the foundations of ethics and aesthetics.
PHL 210: Critical Thinking, a more intensive exploration of critical thinking skills.
PHL 348 (crosslisted as Religious Studies 348): Environmental Ethics, a survey of contrasting general frameworks for understanding and reconstructing our relation to nature.
PHL 352: Zen in Theory and Practice, a course I facilitate but which is taught, truly, by Sandy Gentei Stewart of the North Carolina Zen Center in Pittsboro. This is a January term intensive that includes a four-day silent retreat at the Zen Center.
PHL 360: Philosophy of Education, a course that enacts a variety of teaching/classroom methods, a different one every single class period. Students' task is to discern and critique the underlying philosophy of each.
PHL 461: Senior Seminar, a course I last led in the Fall of 2007, on the theme of Liberation. We ended by launching the Philosophical Liberation Front... and that was the end of that!
In Environmental Studies, my courses include:
ENS 110: Humans and Nature, a survey of the roots of the current crisis from perspectives across the disciplines, and an exploration of our diverse resources for coming to grips with it. A course I designed in 2010 but have not yet gotten to teach!
ENS 350: Environmental Visions, an exploration of emerging alternative, long-term, “green” visions of the future far beyond the familiar responses to the ecological emergency of our times. In January 2013 I hope to offer a travel version of this course, an up-close look at two eco-futurist visions that are taking shape today: Paolo Soleri’s hyper-dense “arcology” (architecture / ecology), a prototype of which is rising in the high desert near Phoenix, Arizona; and a maximally sustainable “permaculture” (permanent agriculture) as it is being practiced and taught in the seaside rainforest at Punta Mona, Costa Rica.
In General Studies, my courses include:
GST 110: Global Experience, last taught in 2010: we created our own worlds within the class, negotiated a global accord on climate change, took part in Elon's Model UN simulation, and ended with a world of other-than-humans.
GST 309: Millennial Imagination, an exploration of creative futures – of what might actually be possible for our society and world, right now, and without anything outrageous technologically but with a lot more imagination.
GST 336: Magic in the Land explores how human minds and cultures are shaped by specific features of the natural world in which they arise and live: the deserts and the rainforests; the weather; the great cycles of light and dark (days, months, years); the voices and the presence of other creatures. Last offered in Costa Rica!
GST 366: Marx, Darwin, Freud. This course explores three prime movers of the modern mind... three revolutionary figures, all three profound influences on philosophy, biology, politics, religion, sociology, psychology, art, and, well, everything.
Finally, in Honors, I will be co-teaching HNR 237: Life in the Universe with Professor Tony Crider of the Physics Department in Spring, 2012. This course is a wide-angled exploration of contemporary thinking about the possible places of life and intelligence in the universe beyond Earth. We explore astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) both in scientific terms and against their cultural and philosophical background.