The Social Science of Happiness

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Spring 2018
Credits per quarter

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sociology, gender studies

Psychologists and sociologists have tended to focus on abnormalities and social problems when looking at the human condition. However, addressing our personal and social problems over the long haul requires resilience and resolve. In this 4-credit stand-alone component of the Forensics and Criminal Behavior program, we will explore readings and experiential exercises in areas such as positive psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and contemplative practices. We will focus equally on text-based seminar discussions and on movement-based workshops that integrate mind, body, and spirit. Our intention will be to learn how to build the positive qualities that social scientists have determined are associated with strong and happy individuals, relationships, and communities. 

This course will be a good academic accompaniment for students doing INT/ILC contracts who want a home base with positive interactions during the quarter. We will build skills that are relevant across all careers and fields of study, but that may be particularly helpful in social and human services, health care, education, and law enforcement.

Please refer to the  Forensics and Criminal Behavior  program for the 4-credit CRN.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: Social and human services, health care, education, and law enforcement.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Special expenses:

Students must provide their own yoga mat for this course. 

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Mon 1-3, Thu 10-12