PS 341 Positive Psychology
U1Z 2013 ML
Rivenes, Teresa R.
Masters in PsychologyMasters in Social Science
Malmstrom AFB, MT
Available by appointment (in person, Skype, phone, internet chat, email, etc.)
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Psychology 101, Sociology 101, or permission of the instructor
Textbook: Snyder, C.R., Lopez, S.J., & Pedrotti, J.T. (2011). Positive psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications. ISBN 978-1-4129-8195-8 or 978-1-4129-9062-2.
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I approach teaching in terms of three broad goals: encouraging critical thinking, applying course material to everyday life, and setting high standards. I think the role of the instructor is to facilitate learning. I will do this by posing critical questions and encouraging students to explore their thinking and try on new ways of thinking. My goal is to encourage students to engage course material by thinking through and reflecting upon his/her position in the context of the sociological, or psychological, research provided. This is important, since different disciplines have different conventions and practices. I also believe that applying this material to everyday life is important. I have high standards and expectations for my students. In my experience, students will rise to the challenge as long as the expectation is an obtainable goal. My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement. Investigation, inquiry, demonstrations, participation activities, readings, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of Internet resources and technology are significant components of this learning process. It is important that students analyze, synthesize, and evaluate course material and apply it to their own lives.
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.
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Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work is NOT accepted without prior permission of the instructor. In an eight week course, it is far easier to keep up than catch up!
Classroom Rules of Conduct: This course deals with topics that may be sensitive and perhaps even controversial. This course may challenge the way you look at a variety of issues. My expectation is that you will keep an open mind. We will all work to establish a foundation of respect and trust. In order for us to engage in discussion and debate with each other about issues in this class, everyone is entitled to express her thoughts and reactions. This means that we may disagree with one another or that we may attempt to push our thinking further, but this should be done in ways that do not involve personal attacks nor dismissing another person’s experience, ideas, and/or feelings. Failure to demonstrate respect may result in consequences up to, and including, being dismissed from class. An atmosphere of trust and respect is critical to a positive learning environment. You are not asked to agree with all of your peers. You are asked to carefully reflect on their position, and if desired, respond with a critically well thought out research based response. Foul language, disparaging comments, discrimination, or breaches of trust will not be tolerated under any circumstances. If necessary we will agree to disagree.
Please note that it is expected that all cellular phones and pagers will remain on silent/vibration mode during class. Please DO NOT take phone calls, text or post to social media sites during class. I fully understand that circumstances may arise that require your attention. Please step into the hall if you need to attend to matters of a personal nature during class time.
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Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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