New Course with Professors Chopra and Schlitz: Emerging Worldviews

March 27, 2017

DMLP_Poster-Final-250x375How can worldview literacy can be used to help people transform their behaviors, improve relationships, develop effective communication strategies, and enhance lived experience?

In this online course with Dr. Marilyn Schlitz with Dr. Deepak Chopra, students will explore the nature of worldviews, introducing the concept of worldview literacy as a pedagogy for examining our beliefs, perceptions, behaviors and biases. In addition, class content will assist students to identify methods for engaging in collaborative dialogues about diverse worldviews and beliefs as well as applying worldview literacy to transpersonal psychology and diverse perspectives and research findings.

Course Intentions:

  • Transform and calm discomfort around change and cultural complexity
  • Build community and authentic connection
  • Inspire more meaningful lives and choices based on increasing awareness about the fundamental nature of worldviews
  • Open up conversations with family, friends, clients, and patients
  • Speak unspoken concerns, beliefs and questions and help others to do so
  • Offer skillful means when dealing with encounters with people who have differing worldviews and cultural backgrounds
  • Deepen understanding of cross-cultural and epistemological views and in turn, one’s own worldviews, beliefs and perspectives

Course Activities to Meet Learning Outcomes:

  • Watch and listen to recorded lectures by instructors
  • Engage in centering practices that can be shared with others
  • Read and study chapters assigned from required textbook
  • Read and study assigned journal articles
  • Write 4 essays in accordance with APA standards exemplified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th)
  • Comment on posted essays and offer feedback to peers based on the 4 essays
  • Special Project (Final): Conduct interviews and engage in ethnographic research about 3 specific worldviews and prepare a formal report in written (APA standard), PowerPoint, Podcast, or video forms
  • Journal to specific prompts before and after course.
  • Participate in 2 live zoom chats with Dr Schlitz


Watch as Professor of Consciousness Studies Deepak Chopra, introduces the course he is teaching with Dr. Marilyn Schlitz in his segment – World Views and How to Resolve Them.

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Marilyn Schlitz 2About Dr. Marilyn Schlitz

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist, researcher, award winning writer, and charismatic public speaker. She serves as President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing, and board member of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

For more than three decades, Marilyn has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, extended human capacities, and mind body medicine. She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st century leaders.

Her books include:

  • Consciousness and Healing
  • Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine
  • Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life
  • Death Makes Life Possible.

She also wrote and produced a feature film, Death Makes Life Possible, with Deepak Chopra, that has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is currently creating enrichment programs for life long learning and health professionals.

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