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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


Nov 01, 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.


Aug 24, 2020

Anne Firth Murray was a wonderful professor. Loved her interviews as well as the structure of her class. Great experience and I would take any of her classes. Thank you!

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Oct 02, 2017

Excellent and Relevant course. Thanks so much!

By Pamela M

Mar 31, 2020

Great course, well designed, very inspiring...


Apr 09, 2018

one of finest course i hve ever come across

By Amy ( Q

Mar 05, 2018

A little difficult, but it worths learning.

By Ma. N L D L

Jun 07, 2020

I like how every aspect of love is covered

By Donna S

Mar 28, 2018

Excellent course, and just what I needed!

By Bianca M C

May 24, 2020

Deep, beautiful. It is totally worth it.

By Rishita M

Jul 14, 2020

I realized the importance of self love.

By Zeynep Ü

Oct 16, 2019

Thank you for this stimulating lecture.

By Thiago C C

May 04, 2020

Was a life changing experience!

By timir b

Jul 06, 2020

Excellent Experience Achieved.

By Clara T A

Mar 07, 2018

This is a really good course!

By Adanid P

Apr 08, 2018

Interesting and rich content

By Aj K R

Apr 27, 2020

Simply, life changing!

By Stephanie M

May 21, 2020

What a lovely course!

By 민지 김

Mar 01, 2018

Amazing course!

By Salomé V

Aug 16, 2020

Life changing!

By José C Z J

May 01, 2019


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By Emil

May 30, 2018

Done it

By Rebecca K

Aug 19, 2020

This is an important topic to be taught and I hope it will continued to offered with updates and improvements. I was disappointed that after I and several other students reported that the link to one of the readings was broken no one ever responded. The course did not address current situations, like the current COVID-19 outbreak or the death of civil rights leader Representative John Lewis. The class needs current examples to stay relevant.

By Renuka B

Jan 29, 2020

I completed this course with all passing grades - but i did not get my certificate and nor does it update as completed course.. Also I do not know / understand how / who to write about the certificate that i must get after completion that i have paid for.

By Kimble P

Oct 16, 2018

I am a bit 'long in the tooth' to have not visited most of this material already. It was a PLEASURE to hear younger people taking all this thought process into consideration. I liked hearing the interviews, especially the women who were new to me.

By Joy S

Oct 12, 2017

Just ok.

By Sneha s

Aug 11, 2020

Very difficult to submit assignments.