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Subject details

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.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-PSS210
  • SWI-PSY20004


Do not enrol into this subject if you have completed PSY20004 Psychology of Wellbeing. You must also complete two (2) Level 2 subjects in Psychology before starting this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

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%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBS-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Behavioural Studies

  • Major in Psychological Studies
  • Co-major in Sociology

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology