SRJC Course Outlines

5/26/2022 2:41:29 PMPSYCH 14 Course Outline as of Fall 2020

New Course (First Version)
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 14Title:  INTRO TO POSITIVE PSYCH  
Full Title:  Introduction to Positive Psychology
Last Reviewed:4/8/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Positive psychology is the scientific study of positive human functioning and flourishing on multiple levels that include the biological, personal, cultural, relational, institutional, and global dimensions of life. This course reviews the history of positive psychology and the contributions this field of study has made to several traditional research areas in psychology, and offers the opportunity to learn ways to increase levels of positive human functioning.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Positive psychology is the scientific study of positive human functioning and flourishing on multiple levels that include the biological, personal, cultural, relational, institutional, and global dimensions of life. This course reviews the history of positive psychology and the contributions this field of study has made to several traditional research areas in psychology, and offers the opportunity to learn ways to increase levels of positive human functioning.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2020
Inactive: 
 Area:D
Social and Behavioral Sciences
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2020
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2020Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2020Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Describe theories, concepts, and research findings in learning and positive psychology.
2.  Demonstrate an understanding of research methods in positive psychology and the
     ability to critically evaluate research in this area.

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Students will be able to:
1. Summarize the historical development of positive psychology.
2. Demonstrate applications of core concepts of positive psychology.
3. Identify research that supports the principles, strategies, and skills of positive psychology.
4. Discuss methodologies used in the study of positive psychology.
5. Evaluate evidence for the validity, both internal and external, of empirical claims
     in contemporary positive psychology research.

Topics and Scope
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I. Positive Psychology: Assumptions, Goals, and Definitions
    A. Research in Positive Psychology
    B. Culture and the Meaning of a Good Life
    C. Social/Personality Psychology and the Psychology of Religion    
II. The Meaning and Measure of Happiness
    A. Subjective Well-Being
    B. Positive Affect, Negative Affect, and Happiness
     C. Self-Realization: The Eudaimonic Basis of Happiness
III. Positive Emotions and Well-Being
    A. Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions
     B. Positive Emotions and Health Resources
    C. Cultivating Positive Emotions
IV. Resilience  
     A. Resilience Research
    B. The Dangers of Blaming the Victim
    C. Growth Through Trauma
V. Happiness and the Facts of Life
    A. Happiness Across the Life Span
    B. Gender and Happiness
     C. Marriage and Happiness     
VI. Money, Happiness, and Culture
    A. The Paradox of Affluence
    B. Understanding Money and Happiness
    C. Culture and Well-Being
VII. Personal Goals and Windows to Well-Being
    A. Goals and Related Motivational Concepts
    B. Goals that Contribute Most to Well-Being
    C. Materialism and Its Discontents
VIII. Self-Regulation and Self-Control
    A. The Value of Self-Control
    B. Goals that Create Self-Regulation Problems
    C. The Costs and Benefits of Procrastination
IX. Positive Traits
    A. Personality, Emotions, and Biology
    B. Positive Beliefs
    C. Unresolved Issues in the Study of Optimism
X. Virtue and Strengths of Character
    A. Developing a Classification of Human Virtues
    B. Measuring Strengths of Character
    C. Transcendence: Religion and Spirituality
XI. Close Relationships and Well-Being
    A. Defining Close Relationships
    B. Varieties of Love
    C. Conflict and Communication Skills
XII. Interconnection of the "Good" and the "Bad"
    A. Mindfulness and Well-Being
    B. Mindfulness Meditation
    C. Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Assignments:
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1. Read approximately 35-60 pages per week
2. Essay, term, or research paper and/or project(s) (a minimum of 1,250 words for the course)
3. Presentation(s)
4. Quiz(zes) and/or exam(s)
5. Final exam or final project

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 25%
Essay, term, or research paper and/or project(s)
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 90%
Quiz(zes) and/or exam(s), and final exam or final project
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Presentation(s) and/or project(s)


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Positive Psychology. Baumgardner, Steve and Crothers, Marie. Pearson. 2009 (classic)
 
Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life. Ivtzan, Itai and Lomas, Tim and Hefferon, Kate and Worth, Piers. Routledge. 2016
 
Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Mediation and Wellbeing. Ivtzan, Itai and Lomas, Tim. Routledge. 2016
 
A Primer in Positive Psychology. Peterson, Christopher. Oxford University Press. 2006 (classic)

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