CoursesSeminar in Positive Psychology: Positive Education
PSYC 3400-301

Seminar in Positive Psychology: Positive Education

Mondays, 1:45 pm-4:44 pm 

This intensive, discussion-based seminar will equip you with useful insight and critical analysis about Positive Psychology by emphasizing scientific literacy. The workload for this seminar requires intensive reading. To excel in this seminar, students must be willing to enthusiastically read, dissect, and critique ideas within Positive Psychology. This requires students to articulate various ideas in verbal and written form.

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.

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