Who doesn't want to be a Happy Hoosier!
In this course, we will investigate the role that nature and heritage, the world we live in plays in health and happiness. We will investigate human health and happiness as well as the health of nature itself. Nature, heritage, and health are widely accepted cultural values. In Indiana and beyond, humans have made significant efforts to protect natural and cultural heritage, while at the same time linking each to individual, community, and public health. Research indicates that nature and heritage are significant contributors to human happiness and well-being. In this class, we will create our own working definitions of each term and then explore the roles that nature and heritage have in enhancing individual and community health for Hoosiers.
Course work will include readings, group discussions, film viewings, meetings with guest professionals, off-campus experiences, outdoor field studies and individual and group projects. Particular emphasis will be on the designation and management of heritage sites in Indiana, personal experiences at those sites, and the ways they can be utilized as public health assets.
Students will gain valuable knowledge, academic and investigative skills, field experiences, and perspectives that will aid in their university career and help to ensure that they are conscientious, studious, creative, inquisitive, and happy Hoosiers.
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