The Problem with Happiness

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Psychology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
The Problem with Happiness
Fall 2024
Taught By: Sam Winer
Section: A

CRN: 17431

Credits: 4

This seminar explores canonical understanding of happiness, emphasizing Western conceptualizations of happiness that hover around individual-level striving and ability to act. This will include studying pleasure systems in the brain and the basic tenets and major findings supportive of positive psychology. The seminar will then interrogate these concepts of happiness by critically examining the historical context that made happiness an idyllic focus of the West, by examining other ways of considering happiness that run contrary to those in the West, and by considering how happiness may be used in Western society to co-opt or cast out societal members whose interests run contrary to the status quo. Prerequisites: One Lang fundamentals course, or ULEC Introduction to Psychology with a grade of "C" or higher. *This course is open to Lang Psychology majors and minors only.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Psychology (PSY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:00am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 913
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/15/2024