Detailed information about the module 
Module title:
The Science of Happiness: A Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Cultural Approach to Happiness and Well-being (Master)
Module title (english):
The Science of Happiness: A Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Cultural Approach to Happiness and Well-being (Master)
Module number:
Master (UNI)
Course of study:
Organising faculty/Language Center:
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Instructors responsible:
Matta, Shashi
Credit points (ECTS):
This course on The Science of Happiness is designed for Master students who want a deep dive into a multi-disciplinary (Psychology, Business, Sociology) and a multi-cultural (Philosophy, Theology) approach to happiness and well-being.
The main objectives of this course are to:

- Critically investigate advanced theories on happiness and well-being, through recent research and scholarship from multiple fields.
- Identify and examine factors that influence happiness and well-being in diverse settings (professional / work life, personal and social life, the domain of consumption).
- Synthesize theories from multiple disciplines on what and how of happiness and well-being.
- Identify and be able to explain different dimensions of happiness and subjective well-being and how they are related.
- Learn and apply theories and frameworks on happiness and well-being from multiple cultures (underpinnings from philosophy and theology across cultures).
- Learn how to design implementable interventions for individuals’ happiness and well-being in their personal and professional lives
- Promote a deep appreciation of critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and creativity as skills required for personal and professional happiness and well-being.

Students will be exposed to multiple, international guest professors from different fields who research / teach topics related to happiness and well-being. The course is designed for students from different programs and hence will include and promote intellectual and functional diversity. Besides knowledge on advanced topics in happiness and well-being, students will gain soft skills such as teamwork and communication. As lectures and tutorials are held in English, and students have to submit their portfolio in English, students will have the opportunity to enhance their language skills in a professional setting.
course content/topics:
Part I: Introduction to Happiness and Subjective Well-being
- The Construct of Happiness: Definitions from Multiple Disciplines
- Components that Comprise Subjective Well-being

Part II: Happiness and Well-Being: Perspectives from Psychology
- Research on Happiness and Well-being from Cognitive and Social Psychology
- Happiness and the Psychology of Mindfulness, Gratitude, Prosociality, and Goals

Part III: Happiness and Well-Being: Perspectives from Business and Sociology
- What affects (and motivates) Happiness as Employees and as Consumers?
- The Relationship between Happiness and Income / Wealth

Part IV: Cultural Approaches to Happiness: Perspectives from Philosophy and Theology
- A Historical Perspective of Pursuing Happiness from Across the World
- Convergent and Divergent views on Happiness and Well-being from the East and the West

Part V: Measuring Happiness
- Multiple Approaches to Measuring Happiness
- UPenn Authentic Happiness Inventory, Subjective Well-Being Measurement, Gross National Happiness Index

Part VI: Living Happiness
- Designing Interventions for Happiness and Well-Being in Personal and Professional Settings
- Cultivating Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence and Creativity for Happiness
formal requirements of admission:
recommended qualifications:
Lesson / exam language:
Lehr- und Lernformen/Lehrveranstaltungstypen:
requirements for the attainment of ECTS points:
Portfolio 100%
Students are required to submit an E-portfolio, which includes an individual component and a team component. The individual component will consist of a Reflections and Habit Journal with 10 Entries in a pre-designed E-Form of 1 Page each (50%), and the team component will consist of a Term Paper (50%).
workload/distribution of ECTS points within the module:
28 h = Time of attendance: Lectures
28 h = Time of attendance: Tutorials
28 h = Self-study pre-and-post Lectures
28 h = Self-study pre-and-post Tutorials
38 h = Portfolio preparation
150 h = Total workload
calculation of module marks:
Portfolio 100%
teaching/learning method:
- Lecture (Virtual, via Zoom)
- Tutorial (Virtual, via Zoom)
compatibility with other courses of study:
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