May 27, 2022  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Institute on Character Development

Dan Doyle, Director

The Institute on Character Development is dedicated to preparing Seattle University students to help guide middle and high school students through their own struggles with confusion, uncertainty and growth. For Seattle University students, it is an opportunity to build their own understandings of the questions and trials of everyday life. After the classroom experience in this course, the students will teach these same ideas and experiences to the young people in these outreach projects.

The class is divided into five areas and will be handled in an interdisciplinary fashion involving philosophical, theological, literary, sociological, and psychological patters. These areas of interest will included:

  • the theoretical understanding of the four levels of happiness as conceived by Plato;
  • the idea of faith as it can be defined or experienced from the unconditional love of God, spirituality and prayer;
  • the phenomenology of love;
  • the vocabulary and arguments of ethics and morals that sharpen an understanding of means and ends, which are central to the understanding of human choice; and, finally;
  • suffering as a fact of life that is both a challenge and a catalyst in the inevitable search for meaning in our lives.