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WELL 11 — Your Next Life Chapter: A Design Thinking and Behavioral Science–Based Approach

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Jul 18—Aug 15
Time: 5:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 4
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Raj Bhargava
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Cancelled
Please Note: No class on August 8
Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Jul 18—Aug 15
4 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 4
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Raj Bhargava
Please Note: No class on August 8
Today's simultaneous pandemic, social justice, and climate change challenges have affected society deeply. Many of us are considering how to improve key aspects of our lives—work, health, love, community, play, or spirituality. This course, based on a course the instructor teaches to Stanford students, will help you identify the areas that matter most to you and develop a plan for change in these areas. To help inform and sustain your change efforts, we will explore what behavioral science research tells us about the meaning of life, mindsets, vulnerability, and habits. We will also apply design thinking, engage in deep reflection, and collaborate with other students to help broaden our perspectives and stimulate creativity. Your plan will include establishing clear and measurable goals for yourself, identifying assets you will draw on, and preparing for barriers you may encounter along the way. You will develop key elements of your plan by the end of the third session. In the fourth session, you will complete your plan and come away ready to launch an exciting new life chapter. This course will help you regardless of the phase of life or frame of mind you are in.

Students will be assigned two hours of homework each week. Before the course begins, students will need to complete a three-hour reading and writing assignment.

Educator and Entrepreneur

Raj Bhargava teaches behavioral science and design thinking at Stanford. As a 2015 Fellow of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, he studied design thinking, leadership, and preventive healthcare. He was a co-founder and board member of Jaspersoft, which was acquired by TIBCO. Earlier, he was a senior vice president at Agile Software, which was acquired by Oracle, and the CEO of Trade Inc.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.