Short Course Positive Psychology and Personal Happiness

Middlesex University Summer School

Tuition fee:
  • £ 495 / Module (EEA)
  • £ 1,245 / Module (Non-EEA)
Start date: July  2015
Credits: 15 Middlesex Credits (equivalent to 7.5 ECTS)
Duration full-time: 10 days
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
More information: Go to university website
Entry level: Highschool

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Description

You will be introduced to the theory and practice of positive psychology, whose aim is to equip you with the tools to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Positive psychology focuses on a persons strengths rather than their weaknesses (which is more the domain of clinical psychology) and how the exercise of these strengths leads to an engaged and rewarding life. Through seminars and practical experiences we explore how you can make the most of your past, present and future.

Middlesex Summer School also offers this course as part of a Package Programme, combining academic study with an exciting social programme and accommodation. There are different package options, three or five week programmes, with either 15 or 30 credits. For more information please visit the school website.

Contents

Syllabus:

  • Theoretical models of emotion
  • Positive psychology's background and current status
  • Historical notions of wellness
  • Psychology's pathologising history; Focus on strengths rather than weaknesses
  • Techniques and tools for assessing strengths; How to use strengths in everyday life
  • Exercises that increase happiness

Learning, Teaching &Assessment Strategy:

Learning and teaching methods include personal diagnosis, reflective exercises, results of assessment tools, pre- and post measures of happiness and actualisation; reflective diary of exercises; planning for the future. The strategy is based on the individual's development throughout the course of the module, how they have understood and applied the materials they have encountered. Particular emphasis is placed on how the knowledge and skills acquired will be used beyond the course.

Middlesex Summer School also offers this course as part of a Package Programme, combining academic study with an exciting social programme and accommodation. There are different package options, three or five week programmes, with either 15 or 30 credits. For more information please visit the school website.

Lecturers

Dr Mark Coulson

Requirements

All courses (except Spanish and French options) are taught in English and require TOEFL 550 (IELTS 6.0) or the equivalent if English is a second language.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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