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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Jan 23—Feb 13
Time: 5:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 9
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $410
Instructor(s): Raj Bhargava
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Jan 23—Feb 13
4 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 9
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Raj Bhargava
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 cofounder 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:

Students will be assigned one:

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (ISBN 978-0807014271 )
Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (ISBN 978-0345472328)
Brene Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (ISBN 978-1592408412)
James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (ISBN 978-1471050206)
Catherine Pittman & Elizabeth Karle, Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry (ISBN 978-1626251137)
Geoffrey Cohen, Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides (ISBN 978-1324006183)