PSY3250 - Positive psychology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences



Not offered in 2017


Positive psychology focuses on promoting optimal human functioning. Theoretical perspectives will be examined to demonstrate the impact of positive conditions in achieving desirable outcomes. Information concerning the latest evidence-based interventions about what makes people happy and how happiness is defined and measured will be presented. The relevance of positive psychology in a range of contexts and across the life span will be explored. Numerous and varied learning approaches such as debates, case studies, role plays, watching videos, keeping journals and research activities will be undertaken. This unit will be based on evidence-based knowledge and practice and will also involve an experiential component to facilitate learning.


Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe various theories underpinning positive psychology;
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with positive psychology measures;
  3. Critically analyse current research in positive psychology;
  4. Practice various positive psychology interventions through assigned exercises;
  5. Discuss current issues in positive psychology.


  • Written report (2,000-2,500 words) (40%)
  • Group presentation (20%)
  • Examination (40%)

Workload requirements

One 3 hour lecture/workshop per week, plus 4-5 hours prescribed reading per week and 4 hours of private study (e.g. completion of journal, experiential exercises, preparation of essay and group presentation).

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Completion of first year in any degree (48 points) at Monash University.

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