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Social Well Being

  • Teacher(s):   F.Petersen  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2018-2019, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
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Objectives

This course will engage you in a multidisciplinary approach to the science of well-being, focusing on empirical insights and practical interventions. We will consider developments from psychology, management (social marketing and organizational behavior), behavioral economics, and neuroscience.

To understand social well-being, this course will be organized in three interdependent and complementary modules. Module I will be devoted to understanding basic concepts related to well-being and how to enhance individual well-being, the basis for social well-being. Module II will focus on well-being in the organizational realm, including both workplace and marketplace well-being. Module III will attempt to generalize findings discussed thus far to communities and the society, including discussions on public policy.

You will soon discover that well-being can be learned but that it is necessary to invest effort towards its achievement. The workload of this course will reflect this idea. Besides the weekly readings, we will complete exercises, write papers, develop ideas and interventions throughout the course, in class and as homework. The exercises will tap into different aspects of well-being and are meant to give you a broad overview of possible ways to enhance well-being. Not all exercises will work the same way. By working on them, by the end of the course you will hopefully have a good idea of your preferred well-being interventions, the theories behind them, and the best ways to apply them.

This course has three main objectives:

1) Become familiar with some psychological approaches to what well-being is, along with possible causes, correlates and consequences of well-being.

2) Become familiar with several tools, approaches, and exercises to increase well-being for different groups of people: individuals, workers and colleagues, consumers, members of a community, society.

3) Learn how to use well-being theories and interventions to contribute to social good.

Contents

The topics of the course include but are not limited to:

  • Concepts: Happiness, well-being, emotions, life satisfaction, positive psychology, etc.
  • Theories of emotions and emotion regulation
  • Well-being at work
  • Consumer happiness and well-being
  • Nudging individuals to make better decisions for themselves and for society
  • Income and well-being

References

We will read and discuss scientific articles related to the topics of the course. We will also read book chapters and media articles.

The relevant material will be available on the course website.

The following books are recommended readings for this course and beyond:

David, S., 2016. Emotional agility: Get unstuck, embrace change, and thrive in work and life. Penguin Books.

Diener, E., Lucas, R., Helliwell, J.F., Helliwell, J. and Schimmack, U., 2009. Well-being for public policy. Series in Positive Psychology.

Raghunathan, R., 2016. If You're So Smart Why Aren't You Happy: How to Turn Career Success Into Life Success. Random House.

Schmitt, B. and Van Zutphen, G., 2012. Happy customers everywhere: how your business can profit from the insights of positive psychology. St. Martin's Press.

Seligman, M.E., 2012. Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. Simon and Schuster.

Thaler, R. H., and Sunstein, C. R., 2008.Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health,

Wealth, and Happiness. Penguin Books.

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

Evaluation:

1) 30% Social Well-being Project and Presentation (group)

2) 10% Designing for Happiness Project (group)

3) 50% Theoretical paper (individual or group of 2)

4) 10% Practice Paper (individual)

Retake

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

Evaluation:

The students will have to rewrite a theoretical paper (50%). The grade for the other grade components will remain the same.



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