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Fall 2021
Jul 01, 2022
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SOCI 284 - Adv Sem: Happiness and Society
Sociology Advanced Seminar: There are many definitions of happiness, well-being, “the good life,” and “having it all”—varying over time and across locations. Much of the existing research on happiness owes its foundations to the thoughts of eighteenth-century English lawyer and theorist Jeremy Bentham. Social scientists have investigated the effects of wealth, inequality, gender, age, education, and migration status on happiness. Conclusions, however, have been unclear; many cross-national surveys (“How happy are you, on a scale of 1–10?”) have produced diverse, conflicting results about which countries or cities are happiest. This advanced seminar begins by comparing the study of happiness as approached by different disciplines in the social sciences: anthropology, sociology, psychology, and economics. We will then compare how happiness has been understood in regards to three dimensions: unintentional/intentional, subjective/objective, transcendent/ imminent, and static/transient. We will also examine different types of data on happiness, covering survey, experimental, cross-cultural, interview, fieldwork, and ethnographic data. In this class, students will learn how the grant cycle works and work toward writing a research proposal of their own.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Sociology Department

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