UHV-II: A FOUNDATION COURSE IN
UNIVERSAL HUMAN VALUES AND ETHICS

Objective

This introductory course input is intended:

  • 1. To help the students appreciate the essential complimentarily between 'VALUES' and 'SKILLS' to ensure sustained happiness and prosperity which are the core aspirations of all human beings.
  • 2. To facilitate the development of a Holistic perspective among students towards life and profession as well as towards happiness and prosperity based on a correct understanding of the Human reality and the rest of existence. Such a holistic perspective forms the basis of Universal Human Values and movement towards value-based living in a natural way.
  • 3. To highlight plausible implications of such a Holistic understanding in terms of ethical human conduct, trustful and mutually fulfilling human behavior and mutually enriching interaction with Nature.
  • 4. Thus, this course is intended to provide a much needed orientational input in value education to the young enquiring minds.

Salient Features of the Course

The salient features of this course are:

  • 1. It presents a universal approach to value education by developing the right understanding of reality (i.e. a worldview of the reality “as it is”) through the process of self-exploration.
  • 2. The whole course is presented in the form of a dialogue whereby a set of proposals about various aspects of the reality are presented and the students are encouraged to self-explore the proposals by verifying them on the basis of their natural acceptance within oneself and validate experientially in living.
  • 3. The prime focus throughout the course is toward affecting a qualitative transformation in the life of the student rather than just a transfer of information.
  • 4. While introducing the holistic worldview and its implications, a critical appraisal of the prevailing notions is also made to enable the students discern the difference on their own right.

Course Methodology

  • 1. The methodology of this course is explorational and thus universally adaptable. It involves a systematic and rational study of the human being vis-à-vis the rest of existence.
  • 2.The course is in the form of 28 lectures (discussions) and 14 practice sessions.
  • 3. It is free from any dogma or value prescriptions.
  • 4. It is a process of self-investigation and self-exploration, and not of giving sermons. Whatever is found as truth or reality is stated as a proposal and the students are facilitated to verify it in their own right, based on their Natural Acceptance and subsequent Experiential Validation – the whole existence is the lab and every activity is a source of reflection.
  • 5. This process of self-exploration takes the form of a dialogue between the teacher and the students to begin with, and then to continue within the student in every activity, leading to continuous self-evolution.
  • 6. This self-exploration also enables them to critically evaluate their pre-conditionings and present beliefs.

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