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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 132 Pursuits of Happiness

What is happiness? How should we pursue it? Are we misguided in our expectations of happiness? Conversations about happiness extend beyond the fields of philosophy and religion, as psychologists, economists, and neuroscientists grapple with defining and measuring this often elusive state of being. We will enter this age-old conversation and examine happiness from a multidisciplinary perspective. Throughout the course, we will engage with a wide range of texts, exploring both the internal and external conditions that may shape happiness for the individual and society.