What role do the arts play in shaping our awareness about the world that we live in? How can artists trigger reflection, generate empathy, stimulate dialogue, and create a more sustainable and ethically sound world? Human wellbeing is directly related to public health, human rights, equality, the environment, and enlightened governance. In this course we will examine these issues, how they affect the well being of the world that we live in, and how these issues have been examined and presented by artists in order to move towards a healthier, more ethical and sustainable planet. Classes are structured around course readings, lectures, discussions, written reflections and artistic expression.