PS 341 Positive Psychology
S1E 2013 PE
Jenkins, Christina E.
M.A. Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Pepperdine UniversityB.A. Public Relations, Pepperdine University
Camp Pendleton campus
Anytime after the night of class or by appointment
1/14/13 - 3/10/13
5:00 - 10:25 PM
PS101 or Permission of Instructor
Snyder, C.R., Lopez, S.J., & Pedrotti, J. (2010).
Positive psychology, The scientific and practical explorations of human strengths
(2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
1412990629 or ISBN-13: 978-1412990622
Ben-Shahar, T. (2009). Even happier : A gratitude journal for daily
joy and lasting fulfillment. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
0071638032 or ISBN-13: 978-0071638036 or $11.32 on Amazon.com (as of
As this is an accelerated course, students will
bring both texts with them the first night of class.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Welcome to one of
the most encouraging and life-changing classes
you may ever take!
Could you use a
little more happiness in your life? Positive
Psychology is a newer branch of the psychology field that seeks to identify and
promote more contentment, joy and fulfillment in life. Students of this course will have the
opportunity to study groundbreaking research and apply these principles as they
learn. This course is an appropriate
elective not only for psychology majors, but human resources/management,
criminal justice and all other majors seeking to understand and influence human
Research has proven that utilizing a variety of
teaching techniques enhances learning, understanding and retention. Consequently, this classroom atmosphere will
be interactive and employ an assortment of learning methodology. My personal goal will be to make the course
content engaging in order to further the learning experience. In a collaborative environment, there will be
a frank exchange of ideas and learning from the literature as well as from one
another’s unique set of experiences. For
this reason, class attendance and participation will be germane toward
accomplishing class objectives. In turn, I will expect my students to be
prepared, participating and providing input during class discussion. I will set high expectations for myself and
my students with relation to our performance and our professional behavior
inside and outside of the classroom. We
will be required to interact with one another in an ethical and respectful
A variety of instructional methods will be used in this course - possibilities
include: lectures, guest speakers, small and large group discussions,
brainstorming, multi-media, role-play, debates, demonstrations, games, case
studies, group activity projects, hands-on class participation activities and a
variety of readings, as well as lab/field work and assignments to be completed
outside of class.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The length of the paper needs to be at least 10 pages of text with at least 10 references that support the areas of focus listed below. Each area of focus needs to have at least 1 empirical reference that supports your observations, is discussed critically, and relates to that particular area of focus. References need to be from empirical research journals. Textbooks, websites books and magazines are not to be used.
Paper needs to be organized using the Areas of Focus as section headings so the information can be easily identified.
Areas of Focus:
1. What major principles have you learned from the Positive Psychology course and according to the research why do you think these principles are important?
2. What changes do you notice in your emotional states, processes and experiences and according to the research why are these changes important?
3. What changes do you notice in your cognitive states and processes and according to the research why are these changes important?
4. Describe examples of how you are currently applying the information and what changes have you observed?
5. Describe your goals and plans for applying the information from the course in the future. (Include in your discussion how these goals and plans will build strengths in a multicultural environment.
6. How will you apply this information to prosocial behavior in your current workplace or future career to create a positive environment? What research supports these behaviors to be important?
A good starting point is to examine the area(s) in your Positive Psychology textbook for references and researchers associated with your topic. The references in the back of the book are examples of APA citation. Use this format for the references you use in your paper.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Positive Psychology Journal: Each student will purchase Even Happier, a journal to promote personal
growth. The regular entries will apply
the theories, information learned, and experiences you have while participating
in class. Fifteen (15) topics will be chosen and completed in the journal
itself. Assigned online psychology
assessments (taken for free at http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/default.aspx
) may count toward the 15 journal entries.
Journals will be handed in for
periodic checks; only your instructor will read your personal journal.
Presentation of a Textbook Topic: Each class, one student will give a brief and
energetic synopsis of an assigned topic in the textbook. To encourage dialogue, students will prepare
three discussion questions, offer video and/or give real-life examples relating
to the subject matter.
Project and Presentation: This
activity will practically apply a Positive Psychology principle by
incorporating class learning into a creative project (with instructor
approval). The project will be completed by the 4th week of
class, and a 2-page write-up on the experience will be submitted in the Drop Box.
On the last night of class, a
presentation with PowerPoint or presentation board will be given. Possibilities
A volunteer or service project of your choosing
(this activity is really effective when a group from the class participates
A class demonstration
Design a t-shirt, poster,
banner, button, hat, or collage promoting the principles of the course
(Your own creative idea)
4. Core Assessment Paper: The purpose of the paper is for students
to research assigned topics relevant to the Positive Psychology
discipline. Sections of the paper will
be due at intervals during the semester.
The completed papers will be submitted in the Drop Box the 7th
week of class.
The tests will primarily be multiple-choice questions with potentially
short-response essay questions. There may be a possibility of an exam section
to be completed outside of class. Test
will be broken down into periodic quizzes.
Evaluation/Participation and Preparation: ? Each student will be assessed
on his/her contribution to the lectures, discussion, debates, and class time
activities. ?In addition, course notes found in eCompanion will need to be
printed out and brought to class each week as well as other requested
materials.? Attendance (students who do not make contact with instructor
prior to class will be given an unexcused absence). In addition, student
will lose all participation points for an unexcused absence.? In the case
of an excused absence, students will receive partial credit by completed a
small, make-up assignment designated by the instructor.
The final course grade will be determined using the
1. Positive Psychology Journal
(Any 15 entries of your
choice- worth 8 pts./entry)
2. Class Presentation on Section from the Text
3. Creative Project (19% Total):
Write Up (9%)
4. Core Assessment Paper (24%)
5. Exam/Quizzes (20%)
Periodic quizzes worth 50
6. Participation and
8 wks. x 25 pts. = 200 pts.
Total Points Possible
RUBRIC for the Core Assessment Paper
240 points possible; below is
the basic outline for the Term Paper.
Formatting (40 points total):
Formatting within Paper:
APA Format utilized and followed- 20 points
• Title Page- 4 points
Title: Capitals, informative, concise?
Author, institution, and date?
Page header and page numbers (on every page)?
• Body of paper- 16 points
Reference Page -20 points
References used within the
text are cited on the reference page and consistency in how you have cited the
references. In addition, if the reference is used in the paper there should be
a listing in the Reference Page and vice versa.
2. Body of Paper: (160 points total)
college-level, professional writing.
This includes, but is not limited to, the use of complete sentences,
clear topic statements and supporting sentences, research or evidenced based
rationales instead of unsupported opinions, transition sentences across
paragraphs, integrating information from multiple sources, demonstrating
multiple applications of critical thinking, and a concluding paragraph.
Points equally discussed; smooth transitions between points; convincing
arguments made; points supported with citations.
cited within text; properly cited.
points addressed and answered from Term Paper Instructions (listed above).
The following Subtitles can be used to organize the
Major Principles of Positive Psychology
Personal Emotional Changes due to Research
Personal Cognitive Changes due to Research
Personal Application of Positive Psychology
Future Plan to Impact the Social Environment
Creating a Positive Environment in the Workplace
Challenges and Obstacles Hindering Application
Unanswered Questions or Skepticism of the Research
3. Length of overall paper. (15 points total):
The paper should be between 10-12 pages in length
(plus Title and Reference pages).
4. Spelling and Grammar. (20 points total)
5. Hard Copy provided to class. (5 points) Due: Class #7.
A note on term papers: Do
not plagiarize. The Internet makes it very easy to plagiarize, but it makes it
even easier to check for plagiarism. All papers that use more than 5
consecutive words from a published source (including the internet) or from
another person’s paper without enclosing them in quotation marks and providing
accurate citation for the original source will receive a semester grade of
"F” for the course and will be turned over to park university
administration for further disciplinary action, which may include permanent
expulsion from park university. Plagiarism is not limited to verbatim copying
(see Park University catalog for definition and details).
*Those students who attend and participate in all
classes will be awarded an extra 10 points to the overall course grade.
Weeks 7 and 8, you will receive an invitation online to evaluate this
course. Print out the last page, which says "thank you."
Sign and date it and turn it in. You will receive 3 points of extra
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Generally, I will not accept late assignments. If there is a reason you
will not be able to submit your work on time, you must communicate with me at
least 24 hours in advance otherwise there will be an automatic 50% deduction.
It is up to the instructor whether or not to render an extension. Please note
that if an extension is given, 10%
per each day past original due date will be deducted. After the fourth day late, it will receive a
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
items are to be placed in the silent, vibrate, or off mode during
class. Use of these devices in class (e.g., text messaging) is both rude
Respectful (both inside and outside of the actual classroom): As
a student in this class, you should know upfront that you will encounter new
ideas, topics, images and discussions, which may challenge your
worldview. Some students may
find this information personally offensive, uncomfortable, distasteful, or
upsetting. Because the field of psychology addresses positive, neutral and
negative aspects of human and animal behavior, we will discuss a broad range of
topics that may not be pleasant for everyone. Please be respectful to
your classmates and your instructor. Debates on relevant issues are
encouraged, however no one should engage in personal attacks inside or outside
of the classroom.
Email policy: Unless I am sick or
out of town, I will usually respond to emails within a 24-48 hour period
(Mondays-Fridays) when classes are in session. During the weekdays I do
not make this guarantee on the weekends, when I’m ill, or over holidays. Please, do not be surprised or upset if you
do not receive an immediate response to your emails.
When sending an email to
me you need to include your first and last name, and the course name. Your @park.edu email must be used to ensure I receive your communication;
otherwise, I am not responsible for emails lost to the Park’s email spam
Attendance Policy: [This
is supplemental to Park University’s standard attendance policy.]. Students are expected to attend all
classes. As a reward, students with 0
absences (regardless of the type of absence i.e., excused vs. unexcused) will
earn an addition 20 points toward their total course points.
lecture notes for missed classes is the responsibility of the student, meaning
contacting a fellow classmate for the notes/materials missed.
If you know in advance that you will miss class please notify the professor
immediately. Ideally any missed work is
completed in advance of the due date.
Drop Policy: In compliance with
Park University’s policy, students will be dropped from the course after two
consecutive unexcused absences.
Our course follows the general schedule in the table below. Schedule may be updated or altered at any time.
Assignments and Due Dates
Class Intro & Syllabus
Chapters 1 & 3
Ch. 3, 5 & 11
Positive Life Stages & Altruism
Chapters 5 & 11
Ch. 6 & 7
Emotional States: Chapters 6 & 7
Identify Creative Assignment Subject; Personal Journal
Ch. 8 & 10
Cognitive States: Chapters 8 & 10
Ch. 9 & 10
Love and Work: Chapters 12 & 16
Ch. 13 & 17
Positive Mental Health & Communities:
Chapters 13 & 17
Study for Final Exam; Personal Journal
Exam and Possible Guest Speaker
Completed Core Assessment Due Tues. 3/5 NLT 1159 pm PST
Creative Project Student Presentations
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Last Updated:12/15/2012 12:28:51 AM