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Social Well Being

  • Enseignant(s):   F.Petersen  
  • Titre en français: Bien-être social
  • Cours donné en: anglais
  • Crédits ECTS: 6 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre de printemps 2022-2023, 4.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
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  • Formations concernées:
    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation stratégie, organisation et leadership

    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation business analytics

    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation marketing

    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation comportement, économie et évolution
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This course will engage you in a multidisciplinary approach to the science of well-being, focusing on empirical insights and practical tools to enhance well-being at different levels: individual, organizational, and societal. We will consider developments from psychology, management (e.g., marketing and organizational behavior), behavioral economics, neuroscience, among others.

To understand social well-being, this course will be organized in three interdependent and complementary modules. Module I will be devoted to understanding basic concepts related to well-being and how to enhance individual well-being. Module II will focus on well-being in the organizational realm, including both workplace and marketplace well-being. Module III will attempt to generalize findings discussed thus far to communities and the society, including discussions on public policy.

You will soon discover that well-being can be learned but that it is necessary to invest effort towards its achievement. The workload of this course will reflect this notion. Besides the weekly readings, we will complete “well-being practices” and develop practical ideas throughout the course, both in class and as extra-class assignments. The well-being practices will tap into different aspects of well-being and are meant to give you a broad overview of possible ways to enhance well-being. Not all practices will work the same way for each individual. By working on them, by the end of the course you will hopefully have a good idea of your preferred well-being tools, the theories behind them, and the best ways to apply them.

This course has three main objectives:

1) Enable learning and understanding of some theories defining what psychological well-being is and describing possible causes, correlates and consequences of well-being.

2) Familiarize students with several tools, exercises and practices to increase well-being for different groups of people: individuals, workers and colleagues, consumers, members of a community, society.

3) Enable application of well-being theories and tools for personal and professional advancement and for contributing to social good.


The topics of the course include but are not limited to:

  • Concepts: Happiness, well-being, emotions, life satisfaction, positive psychology, etc.
  • Theories of emotions
  • Emotion regulation and emotional intelligence
  • Consumer well-being
  • Well-being at work/ career well-being
  • Money and well-being
  • Societal well-being

Moodle Key: SWB2023



We will read and discuss scientific articles related to the topics of the course. We will also read book chapters and media articles. The relevant material will be available on the course website.

The following books are recommended readings for this course (and life):

David, S., 2016. Emotional agility: Get unstuck, embrace change, and thrive in work and life. Penguin Books.

Diener, E., Lucas, R., Helliwell, J.F., Helliwell, J. and Schimmack, U., 2009. Well-being for public policy. Series in Positive Psychology.

Holmes, C., 2023. Happier Hour: How to spend your time for a better, more meaningful life. Random House.

Raghunathan, R., 2016. If You're So Smart Why Aren't You Happy: How to Turn Career Success Into Life Success. Random House.

Schmitt, B. and Van Zutphen, G., 2012. Happy customers everywhere: how your business can profit from the insights of positive psychology. St. Martin's Press.

Seligman, M.E., 2012. Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. Simon and Schuster.


Interest and motivation to engage in the course.


1ère tentative

Sans examen (cf. modalités)  

1) 50% Well-being workbook (individual)

2) 10% Social Well-being Project (group)

3) 40% Quiz (individual)


Sans examen (cf. modalités)  

Students who failed the first attempt of one of the evaluation assignments or justified their absence are allowed a second attempt.

1) 50% Re-do Well-being workbook

2) 10% Re-do Social Well-being Project, individually

3) 40% Re-do Quiz

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