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PS5530: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WELLBEING (2020-2021)

Last modified: 11 Aug 2020 12:20


Course Overview

What makes us happy?  What improves our psychological wellbeing?  How can we increase life satisfaction?  This course will explore the factors that contribute to psychological wellbeing at both and individual and societal level.  We will look at theories of psychological wellbeing and explore the science and theory of what improves wellbeing.  Students will also have the opportunity to apply this in their own life and consider how this can be applied to improve the well being of communities and societies.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Jason Bohan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MSc Psychological Studies or Master Of Science In Psychological Studies or Msc In Psychological Studies With Mental Health (September Start)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Overall, the course will consider and evaluate the evidence base of psychological research around wellbeing and how this can be applied to improve lives at an individual and wider level.

 

The course starts by considering what is meant by well being, the different approaches to understanding this and how it can be measured.  We will then explore what the psychological science tells us about improving individual wellbeing, how to apply this in our own lives, and the barriers to implementing this.  Topics include emotions, thinking, brain biases, beliefs, changing behaviour, building new habits and achieving goals.  Finally we will consider the wider systemic and cultural factors that contribute to well being in communities and societies.

 

By considering the psychological research and theory of what contributes to well being, this module will equip students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills required to understand and apply the research in both their own lives and in real world settings to improve psychological well being.

 

Students will be supported to use their developing knowledge to evaluate the science and consider best practice around applying this in real life settings.  Students will also learn to critically think about how they can apply this in their own lives.


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback will be delivered on all summative assessments.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateTo demonstrate an ability to reflect on opportunities and barriers to applying the research in real life settings
FactualEvaluateTo be able to critically evaluate the psychological research on factors contributing to psychological well being.
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of theories of psychological well being

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 48 Feedback Weeks 51

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Feedback

Similar to first attempt, with existing pass mark carried forward so that resit is only needed for failed element(s)

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of theories of psychological well being
FactualEvaluateTo be able to critically evaluate the psychological research on factors contributing to psychological well being.
ProceduralApplyTo be able to apply an understanding of the evidence to individuals and in their own lives
ConceptualEvaluateTo demonstrate an ability to reflect on opportunities and barriers to applying the research in real life settings

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