Barun Academic Center
Life Literacy
The LIFE LITERACY course is a 10 week seminar to introduce students to the topic of self-theories (mindsets), to sharpen the skills they need to do well in school and how to live a better life. Students will study the latest research on what makes people happy, on how happiness at school improves the quality of work, on how people develop wisdom, and on what makes a life not just successful but meaningful. In this seminar, students will explore what new results in psychological science teach us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more. The 10 weeks will also offer the chance to put these scientific findings into practice by building the sorts of habits that will allow us to live a more fulfilling life. Students will talk about how to prevent procrastination and how to harness our automatic processes to better achieve our goals in addition to thinking critically about how to use what we've learned towards our own happiness and to make a difference in our communities. Students will be writing both short and long essays to range from 400-1,000 words each in addition to reading works of philosophical, literary, and scientific depth. Some book purchases will be necessary. Students can expect homework and weekly quizzes.
September 9—November 18 (10 weeks)*
*November 11 (Veteran's Day Observed)
Thursdays 4:00—6:00pm JELNICK
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