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 on the relationship between happiness and policies.

Prerequisite: Core Studies 3 or Core Curriculum 1230 or Political Science 1001 or 1002 or 1003 or 1004 or 1005 or 1006.

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