UT Dallas 2022 Undergraduate Catalog

PSY3370 - Positive Psychology

PSY 3370 Positive Psychology (3 semester credit hours) Examines the fundamentals of positive psychology and what it means to lead a fulfilling and flourishing life. Scientific inquiry in psychology has often focused on dysfunction and disorder. Conversely, positive psychology addresses a variety of issues from a strengths rather than a deficit model and includes practical applications for ones own life. Through class lectures, readings, group discussions, reflective writing, and class projects, this course will examine the science of happiness and psychological well-being, including: the nature and measurement of happiness, the biological basis of positive emotions, and overview of positive trait theories, self-esteem, the mind-body connection, gratitude, emotional intelligence, altruism, decision-making, and the characteristics of successful relationships. (3-0) Y