SOCI-111-01 Flourishing in College and Community
Fall for 2016-2017
Spring for 2016-2017
Faculty:
MWF 10:00-10:50AM

A student culture of excellence and ambition can become counterproductive when it escalates to the extent students seriously compromise their health — mental, physical, and spiritual — in the name of grades and resume­ building. National survey data show Georgetown students suffer more than their fair share of stress. This course aims to head the stress off at the pass by providing First Year students with the knowledge, self care skills, and support systems they can call on to maintain a healthy lifestyle well into their post­graduate life.

Evidence­-based factors that contribute to flourishing and well­being in individuals and society form the basis of this social science and health science course. Students can expect to read scientific studies about resiliency, self­ care, health promotion, health behaviors, risk taking, and positive psychology. Students will learn research­-based correlations between stress management, life balance, and leadership. Campus climate norms around coping, stress, alcohol, sexual assault, and the prevalence of mental health issues will be analyzed. The class will consider ways to optimize health and relationships, and how to cultivate a successful lifestyle throughout college and beyond.

Students will observe how the community supports people to be their optimum and authentic selves, and ways that the Jesuit tradition fosters care for self and others. Opportunities for intellectual, spiritual and moral growth are examined through course related enrichment experiences.

Added bonus! Honoring the value of mentorship, each student will be part of a small "Peer Mentor" group with an upperclass student serving as the peer mentor.

The course meets three times a week including twice a week (MW) for 50 minutes with the professors. The third meeting is with the small group and can take place at a mutually convenient time and place for the group. (Note: Don't let that F 9:00-9:50 time scare you away!)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: First Year Only

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SOCI-111-02 Flourishing in College and Community
Spring for 2016-2017
Faculty:
A student culture of excellence and ambition can become counterproductive when it escalates to the extent students seriously compromise their health — mental, physical, and spiritual — in the name of grades and resume-building.
This three-credit interdisciplinary course focuses on flourishing in individuals and communities and is designed with the First Year student in mind. Flourishing will be considered as a public health outcome within a framework of individual well-being in college and within a campus community. Evidence-based factors that contribute to flourishing and well-being in individuals and society form the basis of this social science and health science course.
Students can expect to read scientific studies about resiliency, self-care, health promotion, health behaviors, risk taking, and positive psychology. Students will learn research-based correlations between stress management, life balance, and leadership, and will analyze campus climate norms around coping, stress, alcohol and sexual assault, and the prevalence of mental health issues. The class will consider ways to optimize health and relationships, and how to cultivate a successful lifestyle throughout college and beyond. Weekly small group gatherings with peer mentors outside of class are a required component.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: First Year Only
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