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63891-01 - Vorlesung mit Übungen: The Pursuit of Happiness. Cultivating Well-being in Challenging Times 2 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Eva De Clercq (eva.declercq@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Bernice Simone Elger (b.elger@unibas.ch)
Inhalt Inhalt (Summary of content): Happiness is trendy both in academic and popular culture—self-help books and websites guiding to the pursuit of happiness have proliferated over the last decade. This course will engage students in a multidisciplinary approach to well-being and happiness, spanning fields such as philosophy, psychology and neuro-science. Students will engage in a series of mini-experiments designed to increase their happiness and build resilience. In addition, students will be introduced to readings from great thinkers who have pondered the issue of happiness for centuries (e.g. how can we measure happiness, how do we define happiness and maybe more importantly how can we find it?). Our times of rapid changes, and uncertainty, raise these authors to a renewed importance. Ultimately students will be prepared to incorporate these well-being theories and tools into their personal and professional lives.
Lernziele Students will
1. Gain self-awareness about their strengths & make their personal future professional profile appear clearer
2. Become familiar with some philosophical and psychological approaches to well-being;
3. Understand the principles behind why specific activities might boost well-being;
4. Learn how to use well-being theories and tools to increase well-being in your personal and professional lives;
5. Learn how to think critically and how to contribute to making a class into a “community of inquiry”
6. Gain analytical and critical thinking skills and apply them documents and sources in the medical field and beyond


Teilnahmebedingungen The class is limited to 20 participants.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung The maximum number of possible registrations has been achieved. Please do not register for this class any more
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 22.02.2022 – 22.02.2022
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

The course will take place Online via Zoom on Tuesdays from 15:15 - 17:45, every two weeks.

1. March
15. March
29. March

12. April
26. April

10. Mai

Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 22.02.2022 15.15-17.45 Uhr --, --
Module Aufbaumodul (Teil D) (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Basismodul (Teil A) (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Doktorat Bio- und Medizinethik: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Bio- und Medizinethik)
Doktorat Pflegewissenschaft: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Pflegewissenschaft)
Wahlbereich Master Pflegewissenschaft: Empfehlungen (Masterstudium: Pflegewissenschaft)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung 1. Attendance (you can only miss one class)
2. Active class participation
3. Class readings
4. Personal mini-experiments or re-re-wirements:
The experiments are called “rewirements” because they’re practices aimed at rewiring your habits. Research suggests that if you do these rewirements, you should get a boost in your overall well-being. Students will be asked to put some of these experiments (developed by psychologists) to the empirical test, by critically assessing the strengths and challenges of the interventions as well as the personal response you felt while completing them. Examples of experiments include: (1) finding your character strengths; (2) random acts of kindness; (3) meditation (4) Try an exercise in self- compassion (5) Mindful photography or music. For each experiment students will write a short written report of approx.250 words.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: Dozierende
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Medizinische Fakultät
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik