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PSY 03 W — The Science and Practice of Strengthening Compassion

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Nov 4
Drop Deadline: Oct 4
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $375
Limit: 200
Status: Open
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 26—Nov 4
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
1 Units
Fees
$375
Limit
200
Open
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Compassion can be defined as the desire to relieve suffering, rooted in a sense of connection, caring, and courage. In this course, we will explore both the latest scientific research on compassion and the practical considerations for strengthening compassion in everyday life. We will explore the evolutionary and biological basis of compassion, how culture shapes who we feel empathy for, the most common barriers to compassion, and how compassion can be learned. We will also discuss the importance of self-compassion, how to deal with compassion fatigue, and how to translate a compassionate mindset into meaningful action.

The instructor for this course is a program developer and instructor for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), which is striving to create a community of scholars and researchers, including neuroscientists, psychologists, neuroeconomists, and contemplative scholars, in order to undertake a rigorous scientific study of the neural, mental, and social bases of compassion and altruistic behavior.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.



WHAT MAKES OUR ONLINE COURSES UNIQUE:

  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 200 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Kelly McGonigal, Senior Teacher, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford

Kelly McGonigal teaches for a wide range of programs at Stanford, including the Graduate School of Business. She has received the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford and is the author of The Upside of Stress and The Willpower Instinct. She received a PhD in psychology from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Thupten Jinpa, A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives (ISBN 1594632626)