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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PS 102 - Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness

Credit Hours: (3)

A one semester survey of the field of positive psychology, which studies happiness, how to define it and how to achieve it. The focus of the course will be on human strengths and virtues and how they help people and groups live fulfilling, pleasurable and meaningful lives. The course approach will be both empirical as well as experiential. Journal and essay writing, group exercises and experiential “homework” will be enlisted to both measure and help achieve the course goals. A service learning component is also recommended. Topics will include happiness, pleasure, positive and negative emotions, self-esteem, positive thinking, human strengths, virtue, values, goal setting, mind-body connections, relationships, emotional intimacy, health and wellness, resilience, religion and spirituality.

Course Outcomes
 Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and interpret theory and research on achieving happiness and well-being, demonstrating a depth of knowledge of this subfield of psychology;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts of happiness through written responses to questions derived from course readings;
  • recognize valid determinants of happiness and well-being and show ability to distinguish these from invalid sources presented in popular culture;
  • apply the psychological and physical interventions that according to research lead to a sense of personal well-being and happiness both during the course and after;
  • understand through service-learning experience the link between service to others and personal well-being;
  • use journal writing and meditation to achieve a better understanding of the self and to achieve a sense of well-bein; and
  • work effectively in group exercises that apply course concepts in interactions with others.

F/S (C)