POLS 3346 Politics of Happiness

4 hours; 4 credits

Overview of happiness studies in social sciences. Conceptual definition and measurement of happiness, life satisfaction, and subjective well-being. Individual-level determinants of happiness, including income, personality, political orientation, religiosity, and interpersonal networks. Country-level determinants of happiness, including economic inequality, labor union density, and good governance. Discussion of the relationship between happiness and policies.

Prerequisite: Core Studies 3 or Core Curriculum 1230, or any Political Science course in the 1000-level range, or English 1010 or equivalent, or permission of department.


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