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LIFE 101: Tools for a Meaningful Life

Explores the foundational skills for a meaningful life. Features lectures and experiential practice workshops from instructors within and beyond the university. Draws on research and practices from fields related to psychology, literature, critical studies in race, gender, and sexuality, the visual and performing arts, as well as wisdom traditions from around the world. Focuses on developing human capacities necessary for a meaningful life, including presence, courage, compassion, resilience, imagination, and gratitude. Examples of workshops and in-class activities include theater improv, movement, laughter yoga, meditation, and qigong.
Terms: Aut, Spr, Sum | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-EDP

LIFE 105: Meeting the Moment: Inner Resources for Hard Times (WELLNESS 105)

In the face of social, economic, environmental, and public health upheavals, many of us are experiencing an unprecedented degree of uncertainty, isolation, and stress affecting academic and day-to-day life. Challenging times ask us, in a voice louder than usual, to identify sources of strength and develop practices that sustain and even liberate. In this experiential, project-oriented class: Explore practices to find true ground and enact positive change for self and community; Cultivate natural capacities of presence, courage, and compassion; Develop resources to share with one another and the entire Stanford community.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1-2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable 3 times (up to 3 units total)

LIFE 182: Holistic College Student Development: Theory and Practices (EDUC 182, EDUC 382)

In this course we examine, explore, and develop practices supporting holistic college student development. We will examine classic cognitive theories of intellectual and ethical development (Perry, Baxter-Magolda), moral development and reasoning (Kohlberg, Gilligan), psychosocial development (Chickering and Reisser), and racial, ethnic, and religious identity development. We will also explore the development of capacities and qualities that are of growing contemporary interest including presence/mindfulness, authenticity/courage, compassion/empathy, and forgiveness/gratitude. We will also consider models of leadership that flow from holistic development. Lastly, we will introduce practices for the continued development of these cognitive, affective, and spiritual capacities. This course is appropriate for those interested in student/human development, student affairs, and leadership.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3

LIFE 198: Directed Reading and Individual Studies - LifeWorks

Translate theoretical knowledge and acquired skills into actionable projects or initiatives that make positive impact within and/or beyond the Stanford community. Students work in collaborative groups or individually under the mentorship of the course instructor(s) to design, deliver, and evaluate an initiative or project.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-2 | Repeatable 3 times (up to 6 units total)
Instructors: ; Otalvaro, G. (PI)
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