This seminar explores the rise of wellbeing across varying contexts in contemporary societies. Particular attention is given to therapeutic practices, from alternative medicines to psychotherapy and self-help. The lectures highlight the emergence of different discourses of wellbeing historically, and relate the appearance of today's cultures of wellbeing ? and of varied embodied wellbeing practices - to questions of self, subjectivity, gender and belonging. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 12.