Inside Linfield - January Term

Study Abroad Information for Current Linfield Students

January Term Abroad

PHIL/POLS-398  The Philosophy and Politics of Happiness in Bhutan & India

Comparative social and political philosophy course examining concepts and practices related to the cultivation of sustainable happiness in Bhutan, Kerala, and the United States. The philosophy of happiness is our focus for this interdisciplinary examination of lived culture and policy in the largely Buddhist and developing rural country of Bhutan, as compared to the more developed, urban, and pluralistic state of Kerala, India. Bhutan is known for its policy of Gross National Happiness and peaceful transition to democracy in 2008. In this beautiful Himalayan kingdom and as guests on the campus of Royal Thimphu College, we engage with texts, lectures from Bhutanese experts, comparative seminars, site visits, and guided treks to better understand the unique history and worldview of this ancient Buddhist culture and how it is adapting to the contemporary globalized world. We then travel to the beautiful tropical Indian State of Kerala, which also has a unique matrilineal history, transition to democracy, and political emphasis on the quality of life for its people. Kerala and Bhutan have extraordinary and fascinating histories, allowing a rich comparison in their philosophies of happiness, including emphases on the role and status of women, religion, and environment, both politically and culturally.

Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT '22 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

Faculty: Professors Kaarina Beam & Dawn Nowacki

Fees: $4900

Estimated Airfare: $2000 *(Applicable to students who do not qualify for the airfare subsidy provided by the University.)

Credits: 4
LC: UQ or GP