Positive Psychology

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

  • UG

Following Frankl's existentialist urgings toward hope and meaning, as well as the humanists’ emphasis on self-actualization, leading scholars in psychology founded "positive psychology" in 1998. Since that time, we now have a better understanding of humans at their best. This worldwide collaborative effort has attempted to balance early psychology’s focus on psychopathology. In this class, we will study correlates to life satisfaction and examine empirical science as well as practical strategies for promoting well being, quality of life, and resilience. Students will engage in experiential activities related to gratitude, hope, savoring, leadership, forgiveness, teamwork, curiosity, humor and playfulness, self-regulation, altruism, etc. The goal of this course is for students to develop a general body of knowledge (and experience) about the new social science regarding the more positive aspects of human existence. We will be “living” much of this material, so this information should be directly applicable to your personal and professional development.

Program Details

Fields of Study

community studies consciousness studies education health leadership studies psychology

Preparatory For

Psychology, education, leadership, business, and politics. 


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Additional Schedule Details

Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Oct. 2nd, 16th, 30th; Nov. 13th; Dec. 4th). First class meeting Sun, Oct 2, 9am, Seminar 2 A2105.

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning