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This subject introduces the science of positive psychology. Key concepts of positive psychology and well-being will be introduced. The theories will include hope theory, strengths theory self-determination theory, well-being theory, and broaden and build theory. Key concepts covered include optimism, gratitude, strengths, flow, meaning in life and well-being itself. Important research evidence from studies related to well-being and what impacts on well-being will be explored. Key ways to measure well-being and positive psychology constructs will be introduced. Using experiential learning cycles, students will be supported to make sense of this theory and evidence in using their work contexts and personal lives as opportunities for learning.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to;
- Apply contemporary scientific theories of positive psychology to understand issues of well-being in applied settings.
- Reflect on current trends in positive psychology research.
- Describe and critique key positive psychological constructs and their measurement.
- Conceptualise personal and work related experiences using positive psychological concepts.
Graduates should develop the following generic skills:
- Problem-solving skills, including engaging with, researching and identifying strategies to solve unfamiliar problems and bring about change.
- Analytical skills and the ability to construct and express logical arguments.
- To learn to critically investigate, modify and adapt new ideas and approaches.
- Plan effective work schedules and meet deadlines.
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Change management skills.
- Use of evidence and data.
Last updated: 16 March 2020