NEUROSCIENCE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
Description: This is a course designed for any professional—working with youth or adults in any context—to understand the neurobiology of human behavior in terms of how our own personal histories, and the evolution of human society, affects our current behaviors and worldviews.
The course will look at the ‘mechanics of oppression’ and how power structures maintain status quo systems through mechanisms that affect us on deeply primitive and neurobiological levels. We will explore various forces that prevent humans from accessing their most evolved brain architecture. These forces include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, digital depression, social media addiction, ‘peer-reared’ societies (excessive peer-to-peer orientation), fixed mindsets, fear-based and inadequacy-based marketing, and ‘in-group’ and ‘out-group’ mentality.
Resilience is the power to ‘become transformed by that which we cannot control’ in ways that increase our sense of agency to make a difference in the overall conditions of the world we live in. To empower those we work with as well as ourselves, we will explore how to increase this sense through the concepts of growth mindset, self-regulation, and ‘self-transcendent purpose.’