Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2022

     

COLL 159 001 (CRN: 25685)

EMPATHY

Long Title: EMPATHY: WHY WE HELP OTHERS (WIESS)
Department: College Courses
Instructor: Katta, Saketh
Meeting: 7:00PM - 7:59PM R RZR 123 (10-JAN-2022 - 22-APR-2022) 
Session: Full Term - No WL Purge
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 1
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Section Max Enrollment: 19
Section Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0 (Max 99) 
Current members of the waitlist have priority for available seats.
Enrollment data as of: 29-JAN-2023 3:03AM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: No Final Exam
Final Exam Time:
27-APR-2022  
7:00PM - 10:00PM W TBA TBA
 
Description: Empathy is innate—evolved from a parent’s need to care for their children—but people often cannot put into words why they empathize. There’s a lot of information out there on empathy: self-help books, blog posts, and even peer-reviewed research. However, most of this information is either subjective or presents empathy as something that can be maximized with ten steps (and ten dollars). Subjective experience is a good starting point, but if we truly want to understand empathy, we need to answer the following question: what makes people empathize and why does empathy motivate them to help other people? In Empathy, students will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding why people empathize. By exploring its psychological mechanisms, its neural correlates, how it is conveyed through language (semantics), and even computational recreations of it, students will be challenged to see empathy from a variety of perspectives. By the end of the course, students will be able to define empathy in their own words and either measure it using an inventory/tool they have written/created OR increase it using an intervention they have designed.