One prominent definition of empathy is that it is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. The objective of this course is to offer a multidisciplinary approach to empathy. Topics will include development, definition & effects of empathy, with an additional emphasis on improving empathy individually, community building, and connecting to each other as a class. Throughout this semester, we hope to develop a better understanding of questions such as:
· How is it that many times we can put ourselves into someone else’s shoes, regardless of whether we know the person or not?
· When we read fiction or watch certain movies many emotions arise, as if the characters from such stories were real; why is it that we feel such emotions, even though we know the stories are not real?
· How unique is the human ability to empathize, what is its role in our species, and what facilitates cross-species empathy?
Attendance is mandatory***
There is a final paper, and weekly thought papers based on readings. We will also be exploring meditation as a route towards improving interpersonal skills, with required weekly practice.
|Section 1||Alissa and Marco||20||Dwinelle 134||[W] 5:00PM-7:00PM||08/30/17||
|Section 2||Marco Amezcua||20||Evans 81||[Tu] 5:00PM-7:00PM||9/5/17||