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To begin the first week, read Ch. 1 & 2 of the textbook. Chapter 1 will provide an introduction to the basic ideas and principles behind positive psychology. Chapter 2 investigates the psychology of well-being along with hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. The discussion and CheckPoint this week are related to the basic concepts found in positive psychology. The course objectives will be to:
• Describe the central themes and strategies of positive psychology. • Describe the concept of subjective well-being.
• Explain how the concept of subjective well-being is measured. • Differentiate between hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. Have a great week and I will see you in class!!!
|Week One: Introduction to Positive Psychology | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives |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. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 1 & 2 of Positive Psychology. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. | |10 | |Discussion Questions |Week One Discussion Questions |See Course |10 | | | |Calendar | | | |Discussion question responses will NOT count towards the class participation requirement and | | | | |will be evaluated separately from Participation. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |• What is Post-Traumatic Growth? Give an example. Why is post-traumatic growth an | | | | |important concept to for Positive Psychologists to study? | | | | |• Explain the components of Self-Determination Theory. Did the research study of | | | | |college students by Reis and colleagues support the tenets of Self-Determination Theory? | | | | |Explain. | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Course Preparation |Read the course description and objectives. | | | | |Read the instructor’s biography and post your own. | | | |CheckPoint |Post a 200- to 300-word response about the following: |Day 5 |30 | |Basic Concepts in Positive | | | | |Psychology |• What do researchers mean by ‘subjective well-being’? How is this construct | | | | |measured? | | | | |• On p. 18 of your textbook, the authors present the hypothetical possibility of | | | | |being hooked up to an ‘experience machine’ that would guarantee a constant state of happiness| | | | |and positive emotion. Would you choose to be hooked up to such a machine? Why or why not? In | | | | |your response, differentiate between hedonic and eudaimonic concepts of happiness. | | |