Course Description

Course Name

Psychology 4H Single: Positive Psychology

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

10 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Overview

Short Description

Introduction to the field of positive psychology focussing on the cases where practical exercises for individuals have been shown empirically to increase well-being

Assessment

Examination 70%
Coursework 30%
Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To introduce the field of positive psychology. To focus on the cases where practical exercises for individuals have been shown empirically to increase well-being. To develop critical thinking by addressing the nexus of self-help and empirical psychological science.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:
- discuss a range of specific topics critically with respect to the evidence of its efficacy, alternative accounts of why it may be effective and to what extent it belongs in positive psychology or in some other area.
- discuss underlying themes that reappear under different guises: e.g. instant catastrophising reasoning, reflective writing, ancient religious practices reappearing as self-help.

*Course content subject to change