Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of Humanities and Social Inquiry


Subject Information
Subject Code CST 238
Subject Name Happiness: Investigating its Causes and Conditions
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 36cp at 100 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence MACS325, CST 228
Assessment 1. Participation (15%) 2. Reflective Journal (25%) 1000 words 3. In-class presentation (20%) 4. Research Essay (40%)
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 793  $ 793  $ 793  $ 793  $ 793  $ 793 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Course
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1 hr lecture, 2 hr tutorial
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Jordan McKenzie
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Jordan McKenzie
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Availability
Session Summer 2017/2018  (04-12-2017 to 09-02-2018)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 x 1 hour lecture, 2 x 2 hour tutorial
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Ian Miles
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Fiona Borthwick
Instance Comment  
Census Date 17-12-2017

Subject Description
We will explore what is known about the causes and conditions for happiness as individuals, in interpersonal relationships and as society. The question 'how can we be happy' will be approached in an interdisciplinary fashion though various perspectives including cultural studies and cultural angles on psychology, economics and sociology. Students will develop skills and concepts for being informed, responsible independent learners who can solve problems, communicate effectively and use appropriate research methods of observation and questioning (interviews and surveys).


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Think critically about happiness and its connections with personal, social, political and economic issues.
2. Develop understanding of a range of views about happiness and their relation to theories.
3. Learn ways to reflect on and think creatively about happiness and related concepts.
4. Develop research skills and engage with empirical studies
5. Develop and improve oral presentation and writing skills.


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