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Psychology (PSYCH)

PSYCH 243 (GS) Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology (3) Applying psychological knowledge to develop and maintain effective personal adjustment and well-being and positive social relations.

PSYCH 243 Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology(3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The psychology of personal well-being and adjustment involves the application of the empirically derived principles of psychology to the problems of everyday behavior. As part of a scholarly discipline, scientific field, and professional activity, the overall focus of the course is the study of the psychological process of adapting to, coping with, and managing the problems, challenges, and demands of modern life. As an important area of psychological science, well-being and adjustment is an area of research in which investigators develop and systematically test theories about adjustment. As part of a profession, it involves the application of this empirically gained knowledge to enable people to respond to environmental pressures, both physical and psychological, and to cope with stress.

This course provides an overview of the field of adjustment, including topics such as the way in which personality affects people's pattern of adjustment, the effect of stress on adjustment, the use of coping strategies to deal with stress, the adjustments people make in their social relationships (including how individuals view others, communication, behavior in groups, and intimate relationships, the development of gender roles, the emergence of sexuality, the phases of adult development, transitions in the world of work, and the way in which adjustment influences a person's psychological and physical wellness.

Content is presented through a combination of lectures, readings, active learning activities, and demonstrations. Assessment is based on objective and essay exams taken in class, and on instructional and collaborative writing assignments (which include library and internet research, and a personal journal). Discussion and questions are encouraged in all sections. Along with personal contact, students have the opportunity to communicate with faculty members via e-mail.

After taking this course students should be able to make more informed decisions about participating in future psychology courses and have a better understanding of adjustment psychology as a science, and the importance of adjustment in their own lives.

Students will be evaluated on a combination of examinations, research projects and writing assignments. PSYCH 243 may be applied to the requirements of the Psychology BS and Psychology BA options and to the requirements of the Psychology minor. This course currently meets a General Education requirement in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. It is being offered once a year with 25 seats per offering at several campuses.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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