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Instructor Info:Laura Sizer
Office Extension x5619
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222

Philosophers have long debated the nature of happiness and its contribution to the good life. Happiness is something we all want, but what is it, and why do we all want it so much? Are some people naturally happier than others? What makes us happy and why? This course will examine happiness from a number of different perspectives. We will look at what philosophers have said about the nature and importance of happiness in our lives. We will also examine psychological and neuroscientific literature on pleasure, subjective well-being, positive affect, and whether we can make ourselves happier.

Course Objectives:

Students will read and critically analyze literature from a number of different fields, and be encouraged to integrate perspectives, pursue questions, and make connections across these different fields.  Students will be required to pursue, research, and write about happiness improving methods, and complete a final research project on a topic of their choosing. Prerequisite: At least one prior college course in philosophy or psychology.