PSY 87550 - Positive Psychology
Positive Psychology has recently been established to promote the scientific study of human strengths and virtues. This course will examine human behavior that is effective, valuable, and contributes positively to personal growth and global enrichment. Topics covered will include: historical overview of this field; theoretical approaches to personality growth and self-actualization; the biology of positive emotions; subjective well-being; peak performance; love and intimacy; mindfulness and creativity; altruism and health; interventions for enhanced wellness; job satisfaction and self-fulfillment in the workplace; religion, spirituality, and positive living.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Integrate the current research on the neuropsychology of positive emotions
  • Illustrate the clinical significance of culture, diversity and legal/ethical issues
  • Distinguish between factors related to job satisfaction or self-actualization in the workplace
  • Speculate how aesthetics, creativity, and mindfulness are interrelated
  • Consider how religion and spirituality can contribute to a sense of well-being and happiness, across the lifespan.
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology