In recent decades, an enormous interest has been generated by the study and application of the general concepts of happiness to various fields of knowledge (economics, sociology, medicine, psychology, marketing, engineering, policy, architecture, business management, entrepreneurship, etc.). This interest has provided numerous scientific studies that show the influence of these concepts about the Human Being and the environment that surrounds them.
On the other hand, the analysis of the topics that have received students throughout their period of academic training, prior to the University, shows a training based on a set of important subjects related with mathematics, grammar, literature, languages, nature, history, etc. that allow training in various disciplines such as science, culture, music, sport, etc. This training will allow the student getting a development as both an individual and social person and to work. However, these agendas, in general, suffer from lack of subjects that help the students to reflect on themselves, to be discovered as a person, to analyze its relationship with society, to achieve a self-training as a human being and to deepen the concept of personal happiness.
In this sense, this subject has as objective, encouraging students to reflect, from different points of view, on those facets of life and of the person, which affect and determine the overall feeling of happiness in the various environments of personal development, such as the family, the couple, social relations, work, etc.; all this based on reflections and opinions, which, throughout history, have expressed personalities from the world of art and culture, psychologists, politicians, writers, etc., as well as in studies and research developed by companies, public and private societies and scientists from universities and research centers, such as Harvard University, University College of London,
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In addition, this course seeks to convey to the student a set of techniques, available in the literature, which will allow them to meet, define and focus as a human being, in the pursuit of personal happiness.
In the development of this subject the overall objectives, structure, and history will be initially reviewed. Next, an analysis of the Spanish educational system, as well as an study about the training that the students has received on their way for primary, secondary and high school will be analyzed from the point of view of achieving personal happiness, by reflecting on the contents that, in this regard, students have not received in previous courses. A study of different visions and trends expressed on the subject of happiness, throughout history, by personalities and researchers from different areas of knowledge will carry out. A brief catalogue of recommendations collected from prestigious references in this matter with the aim of achieving personal happiness will be analyzed. An approach to the concept of happiness from the point of view of physics will be done by using examples that are very simple and intuitive. Finally, a synthesis of the main and simplest techniques collecting from the literature to deepen the self-knowledge and self-training will be explained, in order to achieve a happier life.
Through this course the student acquires the following transversal competences, which are common to all titles of bachelor degree from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid:
- Ability to communicate knowledge orally and in writing before both an specialized and nonspecialist public.
- Ability to establish good interpersonal communication and work in international andmultidisciplinary teams.
- Motivation and capacity to engage in a autonomous learning, enabling them to adapt to newsituations.