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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: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 22—Feb 26
Time: 5:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 8
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $490
Instructor(s): Raj Bhargava
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 19
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Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Jan 22—Feb 26
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 8
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Raj Bhargava
Please Note: No class on February 19
ACCESS 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 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 openly collaborate with other students to help broaden our perspectives and stimulate creativity. We will explore the use of artificial intelligence as your collaborator for brainstorming new ideas. 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 complete your plan by the end of the fourth session and take action steps during the following week. In the fifth session, you will reflect on your progress, refine your action 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; Entrepreneur

Raj Bhargava teaches behavioral science and design thinking at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He teaches the same topics to students in 6th grade to 12th grade. He has taught internationally, including in Colombia, India, Peru, and Singapore. As a 2015 Fellow of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, he studied design thinking, leadership, sustainability, and preventive healthcare. He was the founder and a 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. He started his career at Hewlett-Packard in California and Germany. He received an MBA from the University of Michigan, an MS from Pennsylvania State, and a BS from IIT Varanasi, India.

Textbooks for this course:

Viktor E. 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 and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones (ISBN 978-1847941848)
Catherine Pittman & Elizabeth Karle, Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry (ISBN 978-1626251137)
Dacher Keltner, Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life (ISBN 978-0241624104 )
Arthur Brooks, From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life (ISBN 978-1472989758)