POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

PHE2PSP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will explore the science and application of positive psychology through experiential learning strategies. Key theories and models covering a broad range of positive psychology topics will be discussed. Topics include: character strengths, mindfulness, positive emotions, flow, positive relationships, meaning, goals, accomplishment, hope and optimism, growth mindset, grit and resilience. You will investigate a range of positive psychological interventions by applying them to your own lives. You will also be required to complete measures of wellbeing to gain enhanced self-awareness of your own strengths. You will learn to critically analyse and synthesise evidence-based literature in order to ascertain the contexts in which positive psychological interventions have been shown to be effective. You will complete this subject having set goals that are designed around your strengths and best possible self.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul O'Halloran

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE1IDH or subject coordinator approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students who have successfully completed first year psychology subjects may be eligible to undertake this subject on approval from the subject coordinator

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsActivities for teaching positive psychology: A guide for instructors.PrescribedFroh, J., & Parks, A. (2013)American Psychological Association

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply key positive psychology theories and models to real world situations

Activities:
Written exam, workshop activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Analyse positive psychology literature through a critical lens to ascertain the effectiveness of positive psychological interventions

Activities:
Written exam, workshop activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Evaluate findings from the academic literature and consider its application to your personal experiences of implementing behaviour change

Activities:
Written critical analysis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Apply positive psychology principles to promote flourishing in your own life and others

Activities:
20 minute group oral presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLara Mossman

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One written assignment (1500 word equiv)40 02, 03, 04
20 minute group oral presentation (equiv 500 words)20 04
One 2 hour written examination40 01, 02