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What you will learn

  • Understand the scientific foundations of Positive Psychology

  • Explain how skills of well-being can be learned and taught

  • Describe why mind and body flourish together

  • Discuss inspiring new developments in the field of Positive Psychology

Skills you will gain

Character Strengths And VirtuesGratitudePositive EducationPositive Psychology

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62%

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100% online

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Beginner Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, German

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Positive Psychology Introduction by Dr. Martin Seligman

5 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 62 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
10 videos
Module 1 Introduction1m
Positive Psychology: Toward a Balanced, Empirical Understanding of Well-being7m
What Do We Mean by the "Positive" in Positive Psychology?6m
Seeds of Flourishing: The Personal in Parallel with a Developing New Field7m
How Do People Explain Bad Events? Risk Factors and Protective Factors for Depression5m
Health is a Skill: Learned Optimism6m
Laying the Foundation: Defining, Measuring, and Testing Happiness and Flourishing8m
Building Blocks: PERMA: Defining Wellbeing12m
Try This At Home: Building the Skill of Gratitude. Suggested Exercise: What Went Well?3m
5 readings
Dr. Martin Seligman Biography5m
Key Point: Learned Helplessness3m
Key Point: Optimism can be learned
PERMA Overview15m
Which Character Strengths Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?10m
2 practice exercises
Try This At Home: What Went Well10m
Module 130m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

The Skills of Well-being Can Be Learned, Taught, and Transformative

3 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 80 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
13 videos
Building Skills to Flourish7m
Positive Interventions: Testing What Works2m
Stage 1: Teaching Skills for Wellbeing Proactively Can Prevent Anxiety and Depression in Children8m
Stage 2: The Leap from Research to Policy in the United Kingdom3m
Stage 3: The Science of Grit and a New Understanding: How to Foster Flourishing in Schools3m
Stage 4: Transcending Curriculum to Transform Culture in Schools7m
Stage 5: From Whole Schools to Whole Communities4m
Stage 6: Whole Force Resilience11m
Positive Education: Teaching Academic Success and Well-Being9m
Positive Education: Taking It to Scale9m
Positive Education: Replicating Success Worldwide7m
Try This At Home: Building Positive Relationships Through Active Constructive Responding4m
2 readings
Review of Flourish by Richard Layard15m
Well-being and Public Policy15m
2 practice exercises
Try This At Home: ACR10m
Module 220m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Being Whole: Mind/Body Flourishing Throughout Life

5 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 68 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Drawn By the Future: A Revolution in Psychology9m
Drawn By the Future: A Revolution in Psychology Part 26m
Drawn By the Future: The Science of Prospection8m
Positive Health: Mind and Body Flourish Together6m
New Directions in Mental and Physical Health8m
Positive Aging: Creativity and Strengths Throughout Life4m
Creativity and Imagination10m
Creativity and Imagination Part 28m
Try This At Home: Know and Grow Your Strengths3m
7 readings
Watch This Video: Can You Believe Your Eyes?2m
Homo Prospectus Review10m
More about the Selective Attention Test20m
Optimistic Minds and Healthy Hearts20m
The Creative Life and Well-Being20m
What Are Your Signature Strengths vs. What's Your Type?20m
Share Your Strengths10m
2 practice exercises
Know and Grow Your Strengths10m
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Future Directions in Positive Psychology

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 91 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
The Future of Positive Psychology: Key Topics3m
Constructive Journalism22m
Constructive Journalism - some Q&A with Cathrine Gyldensted15m
Positive Psychology and Spiritual Experience7m
Positive Psychology and Spiritual Experience Part 26m
World Well-Being and Big Data10m
World Well-Being and Big Data Part 217m
Try This at Home: Fun Vs. Philanthropy3m
Drawn by the Vision of a Flourishing Future3m
4 readings
Learn More about Constructive Journalism15m
Truly Awe-some Science15m
What Your Tweets Say about You and Your World18m
Participate in the World Well-Being Project (optional)10m
2 practice exercises
Try This At Home: Fun vs. Philanthropy10m
Module 430m

About the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization

The University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman welcome you to Foundations of Positive Psychology. Our five-course specialization provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application. Course topics include • Positive Psychology: Martin E.P. Seligman’s Visionary Science with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman • Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions with Dr. James Pawelski • Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods with Dr. Angela Duckworth & Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft • Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills with Dr. Karen Reivich • Positive Psychology Specialization Project with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman...
Foundations of Positive Psychology

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