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PSYC A227

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Positive Psychology

PSYC A227

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Positive Psychology

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Course Coordinator: Summer Siu, BSSc (LU), MPhil (LU)

Course Developers: Dr Chi-chuen Chan, Anson Wong and June Yeung

Advisory prerequisite(s) 
You are advised to have already studied PSYC A212 or PSYC A212C.

Aims
Positive psychology is concerned with the understanding of the positive, healthy, adaptive, creative and fulfilling aspects of human behaviour. PSYC A227 aims to provide students with an understanding of theoretical, empirical and applied advances in positive psychology.

Contents
Unit 1: What is positive psychology?
Unit 2: Foundations: Emotions, motivation, and the nature of well-being
Unit 3: In the search of subjective well-being
Unit 4: Positive cognitive states: Seeing our future through self-efficacy, optimism and hope
Unit 5: Positive cognitive states: Wisdom and courage
Unit 6: Positive cognitive processes: Mindfulness, flow and spirituality
Unit 7: Pro-social behavior
Unit 8: Interpersonal relationship and well-being
Unit 9: Positive institutions and cultural welling-being
Unit 10: The future of positive psychology: The road ahead

Learning support
There are ten tutorials and three day schools.

Assessment
Students’ performance is assessed by continuous assessment, which accounts for 100% of the course grade. There are five assignments requiring students to write essays on specific topics. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

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A custom textbook will be provided.