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SOC 198SEM - Ub Seminar-The Dark Side Of Happiness
Ub Seminar-The Dark Side Of Happiness LEE Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   20643   Enrollment Capacity:   28
Section:   LEE   Enrollment Total:   14
Credits:   1.00 credits   Seats Available:   14
Dates:   08/29/2022 - 12/09/2022   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   T , 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Room:   Obrian 12 view map
Location:   North Campus      
We all want to be happy, some would argue it is a particularly American trait to prioritize happiness over all else. But what are the limitations and dangers of this relentless pursuit of happiness? We will read work by both positive scholars and those critical of positive science in a semester-long exploration of positivity, pessimism, happiness and unhappiness. We will discuss the ways in which a culture of positivity may blame individuals for their own illness or economic troubles and how relentless optimism may even result in a lack of preparedness for natural disasters and a refusal to see looming crises. In the end, students will evaluate the arguments read throughout the semester along with their own portfolio of happiness artifacts and their position papers on the power of positivity to decide if there is in fact a dark side to happiness.
Enrollment Requirements
Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  Course Description
The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
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