- Athens, Greece
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
What contributes to a satisfying, meaningful, and engaging life? What conditions allow people to flourish? This two-week study abroad course offers a deep dive into positive psychology, starting at its roots. This course will review core concepts in the philosophy and science of well-being, including positive emotions, purpose in life, and resilience. Students will gain access to the latest research and engage in experiential learning to apply scientific inquiry to the understanding of a life well-lived. The study of happiness is rooted in ancient Greece. Greek philosophers, most famously Aristotle, spoke on happiness and their theories of the Good Life. Greece will be used as a case study to illustrate cultural differences in the experience, expression, and societal valuation of well-being. Students will explore Greece’s strong roots in philosophy including eudaimonic and hedonic traditions of happiness, and explore connections to modern theory, research, and practice on well-being. Integration of classroom and experiential learning will facilitate open communication around varying cultural definitions and expressions of well-being, foster reflections about their personal beliefs about positive experiences and institutions, and encourage the pursuit of novel experiences that increase their own levels of flourishing.
Seeking credit for the following:
- Psychology (PSYC) 417: Science of Well Being
- Psychology (PSYC) 461: Special Topics
This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Double or triple occupancy in hotels
- Program Cost (Summer 2017): $4290 Included: Tuition (3 credits) Accommodations Some meals Group excursions and activities, including transportation Pre-Departure Orientation International Emergency Insurance Not Included: Round-trip airfare Other transportation Some meals Personal spending
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