Searching for the Good Life

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M. Sargent

Course Long Title

Searching for the Good Life


What constitutes a good life? How can such a life be achieved and sustained? These questions motivate this seminar. Multidisciplinary in nature, this course draws on psychology, economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology, with an emphasis on quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis. It begins with a focus on the ways that well-being is a function of individual choice, and expands to explore the ways that well-being can be secured collectively, including an examination of the role of government to either undergird or undermine well-being. Students contribute to discussion in each class session, and assignments include quizzes, papers, and podcasting.

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Class Restriction

Exclude Sophomores, Exclude Juniors, Exclude Seniors