This course is an online capstone in the William Jewell College core curriculum, "The Responsible Self." Its focus is on the broad issues of human development and well-being as examined from the disciplinary perspectives of economics, environmental studies and religious faith. Its overall goals are four: a. explore an issue of global significance (human quality of life and subjective well-being); b. explore how scientific disciplines provide analysis of this issue (environmental studies); c. compare competing faith traditions' ethical perspectives on the issue (Christian and Buddhist thought); d. Continue to reflect upon the three guiding questions of the curriculum (e.g., what is real? how do we know? how should we behave?)