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About the Course

The objectives of this course are: -To introduce participants to different concepts of love, to empower them to be conscious of the power of love and the possibility of practicing it in everyday life, and to highlight in particular the idea of love as a force for social justice. -To communicate a sense of personal strength and empowerment by actively learning from each other and beginning to define how participants can apply their learning in service to society. This course will explore the concept of agape love (compassion/kindness) as a force for social justice and action and as the inspiration for service and the application of knowledge to positive social change. Biological, psychological, religious, and social perspectives of love will be discussed, drawing on the expertise of people from a variety of disciplines. During the six-week course, the following topics will be raised and discussed: kinds of love/defining love; non-violent communication; love and the biology of the brain; love as a basic concept of religious and ethical beliefs (e.g., Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Gandhian); love applied in action, and poetic expressions of love as a social force. This curriculum aims to foster a sense of the importance of love as a key phenomenon in creating community, connection, and functional societies among humans. Course materials will draw from a variety of sources. One of the goals of the class is to provide participants with some knowledge of the literature of love, and readings for the course are listed in the outline of the course on the pages that follow....

Top reviews


Jun 17, 2021

Excellent concepts, theoretical models and practical applications of social justice work in educational institutions, business and non-profit and health care settings. Anindita Ganguly, Ph.D.


Oct 31, 2019

I learned to find ways to look at how ordinary and mundane moments can be lived extraordinarily. This made me radically change my perspective on love and living life fully.

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By Franklin D S N

Feb 18, 2020

I fully believe that this course helped me to develop new skills in my daily life. it was an update on my future academic life. Since I met this platform, my life has changed.

By Kiona J

Aug 11, 2020

i learned a lot on my own time and that makes what i learned feel more valuable. it was challenging but i'm glad i pushed through because it was totally worth it.

By Laurie S

Sep 26, 2022

This course ended up being more than I could have ever anticipated ! My understanding and perspective about Agape has changed dramatically. Wonderful course !

By haiyan w

Feb 18, 2019

I really love this course, and it really teaches me to see people and the world with other perspectives.

Hope more meaningful and inspiring courses coming out.

By S. S H

Jul 18, 2022

This is one of the few serious academic studies on the topic of love, which is one of the most important topics we will practice during our lifetimes.

By Klaudia S

Sep 5, 2021

It's an extremely interesting, informative and much needed course. I hope there'll be more similar courses in the future. Thank you very much!


Aug 25, 2020

I truly enjoyed this course. It challenged me, touched me deeply, and taught me so much. I am grateful to all the professors and contributors.

By Robin I

Sep 23, 2020

Wonderful course and great instructor. If everyone practiced what is taught her the world would be a wonderful place to live in general.

By Nigel K

Feb 4, 2018

I've learnt so much about life and myself through this course-- and it's not even done yet, I wish I could rate it higher than 5 stars.

By Andrealiz A

Jul 7, 2021

It's the class that EVERYONE should take! Truly a life-changing and mind-opening course. Highly recommend this class to any student!

By Kazi Z H

Oct 2, 2020

I have learnt a lot about love and its force. It is very interesting course. The most interesting part is peer-graded assignments.

By Amin M a K a A M G

Mar 8, 2022

I really enjoyed this course and found that the instructor and the guest were very informative and kept me thoroughly engaged.

By Ava M N

Jun 19, 2020

Everyone should study this course to have a peaceful life and to affect their society , to experience justice and equality.

By Tasneem A

Jan 3, 2023

Before joining this course, my definition of love was limited, but now I have learned what the true meaning of love is....!

By Trisha L

Jan 2, 2018

Informative and amazing it is a perfect class for life period! i wish i could have everyone take this class so perfect

By J B

Feb 17, 2021

Dear Anne,

Thank you for sharing your desire for Love as a Force we can attain, in our environment and social justice.

By Jman W

Feb 28, 2018

Very much enjoyed this course. It was well done with great further reading and other resources. Glad I took it.


Nov 21, 2021

I had a lot of fun taking this course. I enjoyed the videos, reflections and also reading my colleagues work.

By Dana H

Aug 2, 2021

It opened my eyes to a new definition of love and how I could enrich my life through simple acts of kindness.

By DeAnna

Jan 9, 2018

Great fun and supplement to all public health, gender, women's studies, men's studies, history courses

By Toktam T

Aug 19, 2020

I loved the whole process, it was very informative, simple but deep and very well done. Thank you!

By Jacqueline P

Jun 15, 2020

Wonderful course.Deep and thoughtul.Gave me a broad perspective on Agape Love and Love in general

By Harry Q

Jan 27, 2023

Great course what I took on Coursera, which gives me a lot of confidence to move on with study

By Ildeblete G M J

Jan 5, 2018

I'm like a lot this course, now I'm getting more learn for me and my thoughts. Thanks for all.

By Hua ( L

Aug 12, 2022

This course is helpful and useful, it is beneficial to each of us at all stages of our lives.