Happiness, resilience and wellbeing using philosophy
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
course will introduce you to key ideas from some of the most practical philosophers.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: PG646
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This course provides a very practical introduction to ideas from philosophy which help understand and enhance
happiness, resilience, well-being and meaning. We'll explore key ideas from thinkers such as the Stoics, Utilitarians
and Existentialists like Viktor Frankl. You'll also learn about how recent research by psychologists provides an
evidence base for some of these ideas.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Philosophical topics relevant to happiness, resilience and well-being, which may include:
- Stoicism and dealing with difficult emotions
- Meaning and purpose.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Name three philosophers who are relevant to personal development
- Select three ideas that you find particularly helpful for your own life
- Identify how you can start putting at least one of these ideas into practice in your life.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory - no previous knowledge is required. Classes should appeal to those who are interested in their own personal development and to those with some interest in philosophy. The course is both theoretical and practical but is not intended as substitute for therapy and may not be approriate for people currently in crisis. It may be useful to coaches, therapists and others who are interested in helping other people live more wisely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A combination of lecturing, video, group and class discussion, and small group activities. Participants should be prepared to engage in group activities and work on their own issues.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Handouts will be given out on the day. Please bring a notebook and pencil. It would be useful to have familiarity with one or more of the following books (some are available in libraries): Alain de Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy (Penguin 2000); Tim LeBon, Wise Therapy (Sage, 2001); Tim LeBon Achieve Your Potential with Positive Psychology (Hodder 2014).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course is self-contained, but will be useful as part of your study of philosophy and other personal development courses within our department, such as:
PG658 - Positive psychology and happiness
PG698 - Mindfulness: an introduction
PG608 - Creative thinking: a lateral approach
PG649 - Creative visualisation.
Tim LeBon has been teaching philosophy, counselling and psychology courses at the City Lit for over 25 years. Tim first developed a passion for the subjects when he got a first-class degree from Oxford University in PPE. After a successful career in IT working in his twenties, Tim decided he wanted to do something more meaningful that write computer programmes so embarked on a second career in psychotherapy, counselling and teaching. He has written two books, Wise Therapy and Achieve Your Potential with Positive Psychology, and written numerous articles. As well as teaching, Tim is an accredited psychotherapist, and works in the NHS and in private practice. He has a particular interest in the practical application of philosophy and is a founding member of the Modern Stoicism team, an interdisciplinary group of psychologists, philosophers and classicists aiming to promote interest in Stoicism as a life philosophy and research into its effectiveness.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.