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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2009

T C 125K • Topics in the Arts and Sciences - Perspectives on Happiness

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42775 W
7:00 PM-9:30 PM
GEA 105

Course Description


Despite the guarantee of its pursuit as a constitutional right, happiness has often been hard to find. Pursue it though we might, have we set ourselves on a fool's errand? Is happiness attainable in an imperfect world? How do we define it and who exactly does that defining? Does the meaning of happiness change over time and space or are their universal constants to its make-up? Is happiness overrated? These and other questions about the pursuit and nature of happiness will be explored in this year's Perspectives.

The Perspectives course, led by the director of Plan II, brings together a panel of faculty members from various disciplines to discuss their views on a given topic. Students are required to attend all eight class meetings and submit a short response paper in order to receive full credit.

Panelists include: Michael Stoff, Plan II Director/History; Betty Sue Flowers, LBJ Library; Michael Starbird, Mathematics; Larry Speck, Architecture; Rich Reddick, Education; others TBA.


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