Applied Positive Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1145
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Gisele Pereira Dias

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Normally 30 credits of level 5 Psychology courses

Aims

To introduce students to the concepts, theories and historical underpinnings of applied positive psychology (including the newly emerging field of coaching psychology), and to the aims and scope of these two related fields within the psychological sciences. To develop students’ knowledge of the principles, strategies, and skills of applied positive psychology and coaching psychology. To develop students’ ability to reflect on the principles, strategies and skills related to these two fields, and to evaluate the empirical evidence underlying them.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, theories and historical underpinnings of applied positive psychology and coaching psychology.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the aims and scope of applied positive psychology and coaching psychology.
3. Critique the empirical research that supports the principles, strategies, and skills of applied positive psychology and coaching psychology.
4. Reflectively apply the principles, strategies, and skills of applied positive psychology and coaching psychology in your own life and experience.

Indicative content

• Conceptual and historical underpinnings of Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology
• Subjective well-being across cultures
• Positive emotions and the broaden-and-build theory
• Hedonic and eudaimonic well-being
• Resilience and post-traumatic growth
• PERMA model of well-being and flourishing
• Values, motivation and goal theories
• Positive and coaching psychology as strengths-based approaches
• Positive psychology coaching
• Cognitive-behavioural coaching
• Solution-focused coaching
• Positive psychology and coaching psychology interventions
• Experiential exercises.

Teaching and learning activity

• Lectures.
• Group discussion.
• Peer feedback.

Assessment

Essay: 100% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 to 4.
Word Length: 2000 words.
Outline Details: Evaluation of empirical evidence underlying applied positive psychology and coaching psychology principles, strategies, and skills when designing interventions to applied scenarios. Appendix: Reflection on experiential exercises with reference to the literature.

Formative Assessments: Formative activities will include feedback from lecturer and peers in group discussions and experiential exercises. Students will also have the opportunity to receive group-level feedback on an essay plan.