PSY406 Positive Psychology

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
PSY406 Positive Psychology 3 0 6 Tue 15:00-15:50 and Thur 12:00-13:50
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Selvira Draganovic Office Hours / Room / Phone
E-mail sdraganovic@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives The course is dedicated to the study of main concepts in positive psychology like : happiness, wellbeing, flow, mindfulness, creativity, spirituality etc. and their role in psychological health. Understanding these concepts helps students finally shift away from disease model in psychology and focus on the role of positive concepts in overall psychological and physical health
Textbook 1. Positive psychology in a nutshell, Boniwell Ilona, Open University Press, 2012.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the aim and scope of positive psychology
  2. Demonstrate the distinction between positive psychology principles and other theoretical principles of psychology
  3. Acquire insight into their own strengths and virtues and learn strategies to increase their happiness and overall quality of life
  4. Evaluate and understand the dimensions of subjective well-being and the application to their lives
  5. Experience a stable increase in happiness, as a result of practicing the happiness inducing techniques discussed in class and in the readings
  6. Demonstrate research skills that supports the principles, strategies, and skills of positive psychology
Teaching Methods Class discussions with examples. Active tutorial sessions involving workshops on course related, in class covered topics for engaged learning and continuous feedback on progress. Individual and team assigments and projects.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Positive psychology -An Introduction- short history, course overview, syllabus
Week 2 What is Positive Psychology? 1. pp. 1-9 + handouts
Week 3 Your Emotions and You 1. pp. 9-19
Week 4 Optimism and Hope 1. pp. 19-29
Week 5 Living in Flow 1. pp. 29-37
Week 6 Happiness and (Subjective) Well-being - PERMA model of PW 1. pp. 37-49 + handouts
Week 7 Is Happiness Necessary or Sufficient? The Concept of Eudaimonic Well-being 1. pp. 49-63
Week 8 MIDTERM EXAM
Week 9 Meaning in Making: Values, Motivation and Life Goals 1. pp. 63-71
Week 10 Time in Our Lives, Positive Psychology and Life Complexities and Challenges 1. pp. 71-83
Week 11 The Freedom of Choice and How to Survive it 1. pp. 83-95
Week 12 The Positive Psychology of Strengths 1. pp. 95-103
Week 13 Love; Positive Psychology Interventions 1. pp. 103-119
Week 14 Positive psychology in practice 1. pp. 119-143
Week 15
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 1,2,3,4,5,6
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Presentation 1 20 1,2
Midterm Exam 1 30 1,2,3,4
Weekly assignments (gratefulness, positive sayings, characters strenghts) 10 20 5,6
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 In-term Exam Study 9 1 9
Assignments 5 2 10 Final Exam Study 20 2 40
Tutorials 1 15 15 Term Project/Presentation 8 2 16
Home Study 1 15 15
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 21/02/2020
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