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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 18-Dec-23

Positive Psychology

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - Refund Policy
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Course Description

This course examines factors under which humans are best able to thrive, providing tools and practices for healthy living. Positive psychology focuses on positive human growth and potential. Students explore how the principles of Positive Psychology relate to the overall well-being of individuals and communities.

Essential Objectives

1. Examine the aim and scope of positive psychology, including its origins and relationship to the wider field of Psychology.
2. Discuss and analyze research topics in the field of Positive Psychology, including physical and mental health, resilience, well-being, and character.
3. Examine the value of work, family and community relationships and their impact on resilience, motivation, and wellbeing.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data as applied to human behavior.
5. Apply evidence-based tools and intervention strategies found in the field of Positive Psychology.
6. Explore the career opportunities available in the field of Positive Psychology.
7. Examine the limitations of this field as they relate to social and personal inequities, including the ways those inequities may influence an individual’s ability to realize positive human growth and potential.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Flow & Organization of Class:

*For class to be a successful learning environment, it’s important to check-in on the Canvas site regularly throughout the week.

Class runs Tuesday to Monday. I usually open the next week’s class on Monday afternoon, the day before the week starts. I do it this way because I include review and feedback audio and video messages (that I record early Monday morning!) in the week’s course materials. These messages highlight the key ideas from the week and transition us to the next week’s topics.

The flow of class is the same every week: Tuesday through Thursday, you review the week, read/watch/listen to overview and introductory messages, complete the reading (articles, blogs &/or textbook), watch the video(s), begin assignments, listen to a podcast, and sometimes complete a survey(s).

Then…do your discussion forum assignment (due by end of Friday) and engage in discussion responses (due by end of Sunday with additional on Monday). Finally, finish up the week by completing whatever the rotating assignment is that is due by Monday.

To summarize:

Tuesday through Thursday: review week’s module, read, watch, listen to course materials

By Friday: Post in Discussion Forum

By Sunday: Engagement and at least 3-5+ required responses in Discussion Forum

By Monday: Complete Rotating assignment (such as journals, choice assignments, mini-experiments or other learning activity).

*Of course, you can always complete tasks ahead of time which helps your classmates by giving them more time to respond.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Book Information:

We’ll be reading 2 books; both will be available through the Canvas site so there is no need to buy them.

I know some students like to have an actual book (and these are great books). If you are one of them, info:

Positive Psychology in a Nutshell: The science of happiness(3rdedition) by Ilona Boniwell (McGraw Hill: Open University Press, 2012)

The Strengths-Based Workbook for Stress Relief: A Character Strengths Approach to Finding Calm in the Chaos of Daily Lifeby Ryan Niemiec (New Harbinger Publications, 2019)

Topic Calendar (may be modified):

WEEK 1: Introduction to our Class, Positive Psychology and Character Strengths

WEEK 2: What Positive Psychology Is & Isn’t / Part 1

WEEK 3: What Positive Psychology Is & Isn’t / Part 2 AND Importance of APA Citation Formatting

WEEK 4: Character Strengths and Positive Psychology Interventions

WEEK 5: Traveling to the Blue Zones

WEEK 6: Positive Psychology Research and Mindfulness

WEEK 7: Growth Mindset

WEEK 8: PERMA Theory of Well-Being, Part 1: PERMA and Positive Emotions

WEEK 9: PERMA Theory of Well-Being, Part 2: Engagement/Flow

WEEK 10: PERMA Theory of Well-Being, Part 2: Relationships

WEEK 11: PERMA Theory of Well-Being, Part 3: Meaning & Accomplishment & Grit

Week 12: Intro to Resilience

Week 13: Resilience, Post Traumatic Growth & Living a Resilient Life

Week 14: Happiness

WEEK 15: Closing & The Future of Positive Psychology and Our Futures Too


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Hi...welcome to Positive Psychology. Please reach out with any questions. Dr. Cook patricia.cook@ccv.edu

Here is video to give you a brief overview of class:


Here is link to Canvas class to check it out: https://vsc.instructure.com/courses/46099

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.