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Undergraduate | SWI-PSY30011 | 2023
Psychology of Wellbeing
Discover the field of positive psychology and use it to understand character strengths and virtues. Spot factors that can impact someone's health and lifespan. De-emphasise disorders and emphasise happiness. Explore theories behind love and motivation.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
- 29 May 2023
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
About this subject
Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
- Appraise the theory, methodology and practice of positive psychology;
- Analyse and evaluate the various issues pertinent to positive psychology (e.g. wellbeing, character strengths, personal values, improving health);
- Examine and explain the various factors that contribute to or decrease subjective wellbeing;
- Design and construct an intervention using elements of the positive psychology approach;
- Critically evaluate the research literature in the area of positive psychology.
- Definition, history and science of positive psychology.
- Theory of positive psychology as applied to issues such as emotions, motivation, love.
- The positive psychology approach to topics such as wellbeing, health, coping, lifespan.
- Current social and cultural implications related to positive psychology.
This project-based subject 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 subject 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.
Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.
- Report (40%)
- Project (50%)
- Presentation (10%)
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You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
SWI-STA10003-Foundations of Statistics (no longer available)
SWI-STA102 (Not currently available)
and one of
SWI-PSY10003 (Not currently available)
SWI-PSS110 (Not currently available)
SWI-PSY10007 (Not currently available)
and one of
SWI-PSY10004 (Not currently available)
SWI-PSS120 (Not currently available)
SWI-PSY10008 (Not currently available)
No additional requirements
This is in the range of 20 to 24 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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9 student respondents between: 17 July - 17 July 2023.
44%of students felt the study load was manageable
100%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills
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