Hinduism and Spiritual Ecology, Short Course | Part time online | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Netherlands
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Hinduism and Spiritual Ecology

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Engagement with nature is an integral part of the Hindu worldview. In this Hinduism and Spiritual Ecology course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we aim to take the participants through the Hindu worldview’s view on the sacredness of nature and peaceful co-existence with nature. This will be illustrated with the help of selected Hindu texts, traditions, beliefs, and practices.


The Hinduism and Spiritual Ecology course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on gaining conceptual knowledge relevant to reflecting upon contemporary environmental issues from the lens of the Hindu Worldview. Further, the course engages with spiritual ecology which has the potential to address contemporary environmental issues holistically for a flourishing economy.

Spiritual practices can give insight and future directions for solutions both at an individual level and at a leadership and corporation level oriented towards a Green Economy. Several multinational companies and companies globally seem to be open to spiritual practices. 

The course will familiarize the participant with Hindu views on spiritual engagement with nature or spiritual ecology to nurture the thinking towards potential application to sustainability and a Green Economy.

Course Overview

  • Course days: 9-13 January 
  • Attendance: online
  • Course level: Master's, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines 
  • Coordinating lecturer: Prof. Sharda Nandram
  • Forms of tuition: online, interactive seminar
  • Forms of assessment: written assignment
  • Credits: 2 ECTS
  • Contact hours: 14 hours

Programme Structure

Learning Objectives

The course aims to help students achieve the following learning goals:

  • Promote an analytical understanding of the Hindu worldview.
  • Practice comparing ideas about reality and life in the Western context through informed judgments and conceptualization through the Hindu worldview.
  • Develop academic skills, intellectual courage, and the academic self-confidence needed to appreciate the Hindu way of life.
  • Learn to deal intellectually with Hindu knowledge systems efficiently and effectively in a busy professional context.
  • Learn to look for Hindu wisdom in sustainability and green practices.
  • Apply the gained knowledge and insights to trace personal, intellectual and spiritual development. Also the ability to adopt moral leadership (coexisting with nature).
  • The participant should be able to communicate the newly acquired knowledge, insights, and applications through academic writing and presentations.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 5 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academicians, scholars, and practitioners with an interest in sustainability, regenerative, Green Economy, and UN- SDGs.
  • Highly recommended: basic statistics knowledge and knowledge of basic programming concepts.

Tuition Fee


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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