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PSY4065 Positive Psychology: Theory and Application

Short Description: Positive Psychology Theory App
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MSCR (Psychology Research) or BSCH (Psychology) or BPSH. BPSH students, completion of the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.


The aim of this course is to develop students critical understanding of, and competence in applying, the fundamental principles of Positive Psychology across selected contexts. The theoretical component of the course provides students with an historical overview of theories informing this approach including humanistic theories through to emerging theories of resilience, optimism and human flourishing, along with recent research on neuropsychology and brain plasticity. Students will review empirical evidence to critically evaluate these theories as well as the strengths and limitations of assessment instruments and evidence-based interventions and their relevance for 21st century Australian society. This course also includes a practical component which provides students with supervised experiences in positive psychological assessment, designing and delivering positive psychological interventions with selected clients, and evaluating outcomes with individual and groups.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2019 External