College of Social Sciences
PSY/220 Version 4
Positive Psychology
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Course Description

How much control does a person have over his or her thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? What does it mean to be “free”? PSY/220 offers students a contemporary and relevant approach to the study of psychology and the opportunity to learn more about themselves in the process. In this course, students evaluate, understand, and build on their psychological strengths and those of others.


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Course Materials

Baumgardner, S. R. and Crothers, M. .K. (2009). Positive psychology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Week One: Introduction to Positive Psychology

1.1 Describe the central themes and strategies of positive psychology.
1.2 Describe the concept of subjective well-being.
1.3 Explain how the concept of subjective well-being is measured.
1.4 Differentiate between hedonic and eudaimonic happiness.

Read Ch. 1 & 2 of Positive Psychology.

Course Preparation
Read the course description and objectives.
Read the instructor’s biography and post your own.

Discussion Questions/
Respond to weekly discussion questions and...

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