The goals of the course are for you to explore the ideas and research of positive psychology. The activities of the course foster this, and engage you with the material via our major projects. All assessment is meaningfully connected to our course goals. The assessment is also valuable in its own right. Drafting a petition concerning something you are knowledgeable about, sharing ideas with young students that can benefit them, and articulating the evidence-based merits of positive education are all worthwhile activities, even without your associated grade.
Other Courses of Interest
- Martin Seligman
- Martin Seligman
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00 pm-1:29 pm
The course consists of weekly 90-minute lectures on Positive Psychology: The topics include Well-Being as a Life Goal, Good Character, Learned Helplessness, Optimism, Coaching, Therapy and Prevention, Positive Education, the Positive Corporation, Agency, and Artificial Intelligence. In addition, there will be weekly recitation sessions and exercises for students to measure and to increase their personal well-being.
Class Format: TUESDAYS: 90-minute lectures on Positive Psychology. THURSDAYS: Students meet in small groups (“recitation sessions”) to complete exercises that measure and increase their personal well-being.
Instructors: Martin Seligman, Frank Jackson
- Carlin Romano
Mondays, 7:00 pm-9:59 pm
The phrase “failure to communicate” became iconic in American English from the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke,” in which Paul Newman played a convict who refuses to listen or follow orders. The film raised questions about the multiple ways we understand “failure to communicate” and its consequences. Is it sometimes a decision to resist a presumption, a premise, an interpretation, an argument, a directive from authority? Is it at other times simply a mechanical failure? This course examines “failure to communicate” in multiple cultural areas, among them literature, romance, politics, show business, law, science, war, psychology, philosophy, business, religion, humor and education.