Positive Psychology (A)

Fall 2013 quarter

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Following Frankl's existentialist urgings toward hope and meaning, as well as the humanists’ emphasis on self-actualization, leading scholars in psychology founded "positive psychology" in 1998. Since that time, we now have a better understanding of humans at their best. This worldwide collaborative effort has attempted to balance early psychology’s focus on psychopathology. In this class, we will study correlates to life satisfaction and examine empirical science as well as practical strategies for promoting well being, quality of life, and resilience. We will Skype with leading researchers; engage in experiential activities related to gratitude, hope, altruism, etc.; and seminar with inmates in a state prison.

This section of the class meets on Saturdays.  There is also a Sunday section of the class available.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

psychology, counseling, social work, education, public policy, law

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Weekend

Advertised schedule: 9a-5p Sat (Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, Dec. 7)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Fall)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 24


Students may register for this course after their time ticket opens during regular registration.

Course Reference Number

(4 credits): 10275

Go to my.evergreen.edu to register for this program.

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