Discovery Courses Fall 2017

L&S C160V Human Happiness

This course is also listed as Psychology C162

Dacher Keltner (Home Department: Psychology)

Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building (3 units), Class number: 46183

This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to an understanding of happiness. The first part of the course will be devoted to the different treatments of happiness in the world's philosophical traditions, focusing up close on conceptions of the good life in classical Greek and Judeo-Christian thought, the great traditions in East Asian thought (Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism), and ideas about happiness that emerged more recently in the age of Enlightenment. With these different perspectives as a framework, the course will then turn to treatments of happiness in the behavioral sciences, evolutionary scholarship, and neuroscience. Special emphasis will be given to understanding how happiness arises in experiences of the moral emotions, including gratitude, compassion, reverence and awe, as well as aesthetic emotions like humor and beauty.

Undergraduates at all levels are welcome to enroll in this class.
This course may be used to satisfy the Philosophy and Values or Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement in Letters and Science.

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