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IDS 300: The Happiness Class: Module 2: Duty & Responsibility

An interdisciplinary study of the social, psychological, theological, and artistic responses to human happiness and joy, this course explores what it means to flourish. In the course of this study, we will particularly contemplate the role of creativity,

A Meaningful Life


Journal Entry 1 – Duty and Responsibility – Due in Class on September 8 

Homer, The Iliad, Book 6 (handout)

Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 2 (handout)

 Bonhoeffer, “The Place of Responsibility,” 107-111                         

 Plato, The Apology of Socrates (handout)


Response Paper 1Good Will Hunting - Due in Class on September 10

Prompt: Will Hunting is an extremely bright, but troubled young man. Given his extraordinary brilliance, what is his duty and/or responsibility to himself, his friends, and his community?

TED: A Life of Purpose

Socrates on Self-Confidence

Good Will Hunting