PSYC20039 - Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Positive Psychology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Positive psychology, wellbeing and resilience are concepts that have largely emerged from a body of research in western societies. In this unit you will take a critical approach to examining the applicability of wellbeing in a cross-cultural context and in comparison to spiritual and religious practices across the globe. You will explore whether the factors affecting wellbeing are relative or absolute and gain understanding about how wellbeing is determined in different cultural settings.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Practical Assessment 50%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss how the concept of ‘happiness’ has permeated cultures and societies to both unite and divide humans throughout history
  2. Compare and contrast how different cultures define and articulate wellbeing
  3. Assess practices used by different cultures to build and sustain wellbeing
  4. Examine how wellbeing is articulated in a cross-cultural context, particularly in relation to Australian Indigenous peoples.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge  
2. Communication    
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills      
4. Research      
5. Self-management        
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility      
7. Leadership      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Practical Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

There are no prescribed textbooks

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology
Author/s: Shane J. Lopez & C.R. Snyder Year: 2009
Edition: 2nd Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: New York State: New York
Country: USA
Positive Psychology. Theory, Research and Applications
Author/s: Kate Hefferon and Illona Boniwell Year: 2011
Edition: Publisher: Open University Press. McGraw Hill
City: New York State: New York
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

There are no prescribed text books for this unit, however, the overall Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology course, and the first year of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, will draw heavily upon these recommended texts as we move through each of the units. The Hefferon and Boniwell textbook is an introductory text designed specifically for tertiary education, and is also available an an e-book or in pdf online - this is a good starting point for those who have not previously studied or worked within the Positive Psychology area. The Lopez and Snyder text is a more advanced and much denser text, focused on research and applications within the positive psychology space.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAndrew McClelland (a.mcclelland@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Psychology and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 2 13-03-2017

Economics and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 3 20-03-2017

Philosophy and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 4 27-03-2017

Sociology and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 5 03-04-2017

Education and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Public Policy and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 7 24-04-2017

Technology and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 8 01-05-2017

Biology and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 9 08-05-2017

Religion, Spirituality and Wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 10 15-05-2017

Global wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 11 22-05-2017

Cross-cultural wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Week 12 29-05-2017

The future of wellbeing

Please see Moodle for set readings and activities

Written Assessment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

There are no examinations for this Unit

Exam Week 12-06-2017

There are no examinations for this Unit

Please note that this unit will NOT be coordinated by A/Prof Burke.

Staffing details will be made available via the unit Moodle site prior to the beginning of term 1.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Assessment 1 (Practical Assessment), and Assessment 2 (Written Assessment) are integrated around a practical task of examining different perspectives on wellbeing from outside of Psychology.

Students will choose between a number of practical tasks available on Moodle and follow the instructions related to their chosen task in order to complete this assessment. These will be released on Moodle during Week 2 of term.

Completion of a specific practical assessment will require completion of the corresponding written assessment.

The specific scope of the written assessment task will vary based on the practical assessment completed. However, students are expected to adhere to a word count of between 3000 and 3500 words for their submission. Written assessments will be required to focus on integrating theory/research (from the literature) and how this could be usefully applied in a practical setting, based on their specific practical experience.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

This is a Pass/Fail Assessment.

Students will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Introduction (explanation/description/summary of specific issue)
  2. Analysis of theory/research– application links
  3. Evaluation of theory/research – application links
  4. Quality of literacy and written communication skills
  5. Adherence to APA referencing/ presentation style
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss how the concept of ‘happiness’ has permeated cultures and societies to both unite and divide humans throughout history

2. Compare and contrast how different cultures define and articulate wellbeing

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Assessment 1 (Practical Assessment), and Assessment 2 (Written Assessment) are integrated around a practical task of examining different perspectives on wellbeing from outside of Psychology.

Students will choose between a number of practical tasks available on Moodle and follow the instructions related to their chosen task in order to complete this assessment. These will be released on Moodle during Week 2 of term.

Completion of a specific practical assessment will require completion of the corresponding written assessment.

Assessment Due Date Due dates may differ depending on the chosen practical assessment. Students are instructed to ensure they adhere to the requirements as outlined on Moodle.
Return Date to Students Feedback will be provided within 2 weeks (10 working days) of completion of a relevant practical task. Please see Moodle for specific details.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment and completion criteria may vary based on the different practical assessment task chosen.

Please see the practical assessment information provided on Moodle during Week 2.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy
Group submission

Submission will vary dependent on the nature of the chosen task - please see Moodle for specific details and instruction.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Assess practices used by different cultures to build and sustain wellbeing

4. Examine how wellbeing is articulated in a cross-cultural context, particularly in relation to Australian Indigenous peoples.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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