Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Perspective Electives

127: Law and Psychology

Credit Hours



For many years, the field of psychology focused primarily on mental illness. But more recently, many psychologists have begun to analyze happiness and to study the ways in which all people, healthy or ill, can increase their enjoyment of life. This course will explore the new field of hedonic psychology, evaluating its methods and examining its findings. We will consider whether legal policy can or should be shaped by these findings in an effort to help people become happier. (Bronsteen)