Positive Psychology

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3 sem. hrs.
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Fall of Even-Odd Years

Positive psychology is the scientific study of positive experience, positive individual traits, and the institutions and practices that facilitate their development. This course reviews the history of positive psychology and the contributions this new field has made to several traditional research areas in psychology. Areas of controversy (e.g., what is happiness, how should we measure it, what determines it, can and should we deliberately increase it) will be critically examined with consideration given to conflicting viewpoints and their respective empirical support. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or permission of instructor.