2016/2017, Semester 2
Arts & Social Sciences (Psychology)
Modular Credits: 5
Positive Psychology is the study of how people thrive despite external obstacles and their own human frailties. The aim of this course is to address questions such as: What are the positive psychological mind-states and action sequences that promote flourishing lives, and how can we live life well? What are the behaviours and cognitions that undermine wellbeing? This course will introduce students to the scientific research and issues in positive psychology, and will explore the meaning and implications of positive psychology towards a global understanding of wellbeing.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT RESCHEDULING OF CLASSES
2 classes will have to be rescheduled due to an event being held at UTown (10 March: Week 8), and a holiday (14 April: Week 13). The classes will likely be rescheduled for an evening (6-9pm) during the same week of each missed class. If you'd like to register for this module, please be prepared to accommodate the changes.
Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs of which student must have passed PL1101E, PL2131, PL2132 and 4 out of the 5 core modules (PL3232 - PL3236), in which one must be PL3235, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs of which student must have passed PL1101E, PL2131, PL2132 and 4 out of the 5 core modules (PL3232 - PL3236), in which one must be PL3235, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Introduction and Overview of Positive Psychology
Wellbeing: Subjective and Psychological Wellbeing
Money / Hedonics
Positive Emotions & Resilience
Culture & Self-Esteem
Mindfulness & Meditation
About this course:
Don't be fooled by the seemingly-simple subject matter of this course: This is a labor-intensive course! There is a considerable amount of reading, writing, presenting, and other work to be done on a weekly basis—you need to keep up.
The seminars supplement the readings. As such, you can expect my presentations to cover ideas that are not necessarily covered in the readings. You are expected to know the material covered in all aspects of the course: readings, lectures, films, assignments, presentations, and discussions.
Your success in this course depends on attending class, participating in class, taking thorough notes, developing articulate and thought-provoking essays and questions, and presenting well-researched, lucid, organized presentations.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the assigned readings
coming to class, as we will be discussing concepts in class.
A skeleton version of my PowerPoint slides for each topic will be available on the day of class. You can access the slides through IVLE.
Students are responsible for checking their email account and IVLE frequently and consistently to remain current with University communications. You are expected to monitor and manage your email storage quota to insure that their mailboxes are not saturated and are able to receive new messages.
: Although attendance is not taken during the semester (with the exception of research presentation days), your attendance is expected for at least 3 reasons. (1) Missing class will put you at a serious disadvantage for the exams since some of the course material you will be tested on is not found in the readings. (2) You may not make up missed in-class assignments if you are absent. (3) You’ll miss out on the educational experience and we’ll miss out on your contribution to the class.
Please turn off handphones, and do everything in your power to show up for class on time. Ringing phones, latecomers, and other distractions make the learning (and teaching) process difficult for those around you.
This module includes the following components:
In-Class Assignments (e.g., small group discussions). NO make-ups if you are absent for an in-class assignment.
Homework Assignments (e.g., Thought Questions, written response to video)
Online Seminar Presentation
(Note: Good writing ability is very helpful in this course since writing will make up a good proportion of the course grade, in the form of essays and other homework. An interest in the course material is essential as well; otherwise, the writing assignments will be painful.)
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week