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2023 January Term Course Catalog 
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JAN 175 - Positive Psychology of Scandinavia

Upper division
Full credit

This course is designed to explore the research methods, principles, techniques, and theories of Positive Psychology as they apply to the tasks and strategies of life in Denmark and Sweden. Scandinavian countries are consistently ranked as the happiest countries in the world.  The focus of this course will be to discover what it is about these societies that lead their citizens to be so happy. Two themes will guide our activities: (1) the general principles of positive psychology and (2) cultural differences in their application. In examining the food, culture, architecture, business practices and daily life in these countries, we will explore the basis for their very high life satisfaction ratings, as well as examine current societal challenges taking place in Denmark and Sweden in order to consider the ways in which a happy place does not equate to a perfect place.  Activities will include an exploration of “Hygge,” the Danish concept of “coziness/contentment” and”arbejdsglæde,” the Scandinavian concept of happiness at work.  We will also travel north of the arctic circle to experience the darkness of Swedish winter and the winter sports and activities that are integral to it.  We will also experience awe at the stark natural beauty of the region. Weather permitting, we will also see the Northern Lights from one of the best vantage points in the world.

Instructor(s): Emily Hause & Makenzie O’Neil
Email:  eh1@stmarys-ca.edu, mjo6@stmarys-ca.edu

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisites:  ENG 005/108
Course Fee:  4800

Credits: 1

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