Psychology of Wellbeing - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.25 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Journal - Academic Journal (40%) , Presentation - Individual Presentation (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,564.00
HECS 1,564.00
International 1,814.00

This project-based unit will provide students with an in-depth view of the field of Positive Psychology, and contribute to students’ understanding of core human character strengths and virtues. This unit examines how the scope of psychology is broadening beyond the identification of pathology and treating or preventing disorder, and give students the opportunity to develop professionally relevant skills in the Positive Psychology field.

Assumed Knowledge
PSY30011 is a project-based, third year psychology unit. Students should take this unit only when they have a good knowledge of key theories in psychology, an understanding of research methods and ethics in psychology, and have has experience writing psychology reports an essays.  Students should have completed two (or more) second level psychology units before attempting this unit, e.g., PSY20001, PSY20003, PSY20005, PSY20006, PSY20007, or similar units offered at other universities.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Appraise the theory, methodology and practice of positive psychology.
  2. Analyse and evaluate the various issues pertinent to positive psychology (e.g., wellbeing, character strengths, personal values, improving health).
  3. Examine and explain the various factors that contribute to or decrease subjective wellbeing.
  4. Design and construct an intervention using elements of the positive psychology approach.
  5. Critically evaluate the research literature in the area of positive psychology.
  6. Demonstrate scientific writing skills within the context of psychology.
  • Journal — Academic Journal (40%)
  • Presentation — Individual Presentation (10%)
  • Project — Individual Project (50%)

Students should have completed two (or more) second level psychology units before attempting this unit. Please view the Assumed Knowledge section in the Unit Description for more information.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Definition, history and science of positive psychology
2Theory of positive psychology as applied to issues such as emotions, motivation, love.
3The positive psychology approach to topics such as wellbeing, health, coping, lifespan.
4Current social and cultural implications related to positive psychology.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and

    By:Compton & Hoffman

    ISBN: 9781111834128


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