Positive Psychology

Module code: C8892
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

Positive Psychology is defined as the science and practice of improving wellbeing. Launched in 1998 as a rebellious scientific discipline and a social movement, Positive Psychology has captured the imagination of scientists, practitioners and the public, and has seen an extraordinary increase in its research output and social impact. On this module you will explore some of its key concepts, and experiment with some of its interventions.

You will examine classic topics within the field of positive psychology, such as:

  • happiness
  • wellbeing
  • positive emotions
  • optimism
  • strengths and virtues
  • mindfulness
  • positive relationships.

You will also explore stress, coping and resilience, which have become core topics in positive psychology. You will follow an evidence-based, experimental and critical approach.

Module learning outcomes

  • Show appreciation of the historical background and conceptual basis of Positive Psychology
  • Devise arguments relevant to Positive Psychology concepts and findings, including synthesising empirical evidence
  • Manage their own learning of Positive Psychology