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This subject explores the science of the factors that enable individuals to operate at the peak of their potential; including how to participate in more engaging activities, how to live healthier, be more resilient, have more satisfying relationships and lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
The subject will explore teachable skills and pathways for cultivating wellbeing. Students will be exposed to a variety of disciplines including psychology, social science, education, philosophy, sports science, sociology, and organisational science.
Students will learn about the historical and philosophical views of a life-well lived; the paradigm shift from problem-focused to strengths-based approaches; and the evolution of the view of the human, from passive stimulus-response beings to active, self-directed agents.
Students will apply interventions that have been evaluated using the scientific method to increase their own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of those around them.
Intended learning outcomes
- Gain an interdisciplinary view of wellbeing.
- Think of ways this knowledge can be used to educate communities and society.
- Distinguish between problem-focused versus strengths-based approaches in education.
- Create innovative exercises deigned to apply this knowledge through practice.
On completion of this subject, students will able to:
- expand analytical and cognitive skills through developing ways to apply research to education.
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning through exposure to theoretical frameworks across disciplines.
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute wherever they choose to live and work through knowledge of how to increase well-being and in turn, performance outcomes in their communities.
Last updated: 17 February 2020