The module starts 7th of Oct. and concludes 4th of Nov. 202235 hours
Dr. Dóra Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir, course director, dr. Felicia Huppert, dr. Michael Steger, dr. Ryan Niemec, dr. Tim Lomas and dr. Kate Hefferon.
The course takes place in real-time, online via Zoom.
Information on participation via ZOOM.
This module is compatiple with a module in the diploma program in positive psychology and the science of well-being. Here it is offered as a separate module in English. The module is open for everyone interested in the field of positive psychology.
Positive Psychology is defined as the study of what makes life worth living, with a focus on positive subjective experience (such as positive emotions), positive individual traits (such as strengths and virtues) and positive institutions. This module aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the field of positive psychology linking it to other related fields within public health. The focus will be on the study of well-being and optimal human functioning, including the latest research findings and thinking around the topics of happiness, positive emotions, well-being, flourishing, flow, values, character strengths, hope, optimism, resilience, post traumatic growth and other relevant areas. Students will learn about the correlates and biological, social, and economic predictors of happiness and well-being across various cultures; cognitive, motivational, and interpersonal predictors of positive emotions and emotional intelligence. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate existing research on optimism, flow, post-traumatic growth, character strengths, etc. The module will examine theoretical and philosophical assumptions, as well as criticisms of the positive psychology movement.
At the end of the module students should:
Be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical and conceptual context of positive psychology and the science of well-being.
Have developed systematic understandings of the major theoretical models in positive psychology, such as positive affect, strengths, well-being (hedonic and eudaimonic paradigms), flow, hope, optimism resilience and post traumatic growth.
Be able to reflect on and critically discuss the significance of adopting a “positive” perspective in psychology and focusing on positive devience within the science of well-being.
Be able to communicate evidence-based positive psychology concepts and the science of well-being to the larger public.
The teaching is comprised of lectures, discussions and project work. The module is divded into five teaching days and is taught the following Fridays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM:
7th of October
14th of October
21st of October
28th of October
4th of November
Home exam from the course material.
Who should attend:
The module is open to everyone interested in positive psychology.
Students can get the module evaluated as part of the diploma program in positive psychology, if they are accepted to the program.
Do you have the right to a grant from your union or the Icelandic Directorate of Labour to pay towards studies or shorter courses?
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<span class="fm-plan">This module is compatiple with a module in the diploma program in positive psychology and the science of well-being. Here it is offered as a separate module in English. The module is open for everyone interested in the field of positive psychology. </span>