Course Description

Science Compassion, PSCI 192B

The purpose of this course is to teach the ground-breaking science of compassion, which explores the roots of a meaningful, purposeful, and happy life. Students will discover how cutting-edge research is yielding fundamental insights into the nature of human kindness, the origins of empathy, promotion of altruistic behavior, and the benefits of living a more compassionate life.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Irvine, Psychology

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Unit Credit

UC Irvine:
Major Requirement: upper division elective for Psychology and Social Behavior (C-1)

UC Los Angeles:
Unit Credit

UC Merced:
units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Revelle - one course towards Social Science; Warren - may be counted depending on major/PofC/AS, transfer students may use for UD noncontiguous GE depending on major; TMC 1 course toward upper division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major; Sixth - 1 course towards social analysis 
Major Requirement: course needs to be petition for use in psychology majors

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: PE-H

Course Fees

None

More About The Course

Formerly listed as PSY BEH 192B

Course Creators

Nancy Guerra
Nancy Guerra is Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at UCI. She received her BA from UCLA, her MA from USCB, and her doctorate from Harvard. She was on the faculty at UC Riverside for 13 years. Nancy Guerra is Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at UCI. She received her BA from UCLA, her MA from USCB, and her doctorate from Harvard. She was on the faculty at UC Riverside for 13 years.
Paul Piff
Paul K. Piff (Ph.D., UC Berkeley) is an associate professor of
psychological science at UC Irvine, where he also directs the
Morality, Emotion, and Social Hierarchy Lab. Dr. Piff’s research
examines the origins of human kindness and cooperation, and the social
consequences of economic inequality.
Paul K. Piff (Ph.D., UC Berkeley) is an associate professor of psychological science at UC Irvine, where he also directs the Morality, Emotion, and Social Hierarchy Lab. Dr. Piff’s research examines the origins of human kindness and cooperation, and the social consequences of economic inequality.
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