Psychology 201g: The Science of Happiness

In this class, we’ll seek to understand human happiness.  The class is meant not (only) as a recipe for happiness, but (more importantly) as an analytical study of how scholars struggle to define and study it.  We’ll read some of the best contemporary writing on happiness, and in lecture we will analyze the research conducted by economists, psychologists, and neuroscientists that forms the basis for that writing.  Outside of lecture, you will do exercises that will connect you to the research we discuss.  Ultimately, besides learning about happiness, I hope you will learn how to evaluate scientific research critically and the benefits (and dangers) of using this research to inform personal choices and public policy.

Fulfills GE Category IV.