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PSYC 302

Social Psychology of Wellbeing

Course overview

You’ll explore theoretical understandings and concepts of well-being from a range of social scientific perspectives.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 30 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course
and
  • a minimum of 30 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 PSYC (Psychology) course
  • any level 200 RECN (Recreation) course
  • any level 200 SOCI (Social Science) course
or
  • a minimum of 15 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • Motivation and Participation , PSYC-202
  • Consumer Behaviour , MKTG-205

Available semesters Semester 2 2021
Credits 15
Domestic fees $741.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Develop a robust, multidimensional definition and account of wellbeing.
  2. Explain and critically discuss the various dimensions of the social psychology of wellbeing (e.g., biological, emotional, cognitive, social, cultural).
  3. Provide an account of the evolutionary and developmental contexts of human wellbeing.
  4. Identify and explain links between human wellbeing and human performance and capabilities (e.g., creativity, intellectual and physical performance).
  5. Provide an informed account of contemporary social movements and trends that relate to wellbeing (e.g., work-life balance; downshifting; slow movement).
  6. Think critically about the research findings on the social psychology of wellbeing, including human happiness (e.g., so-called ‘positive psychology’, life satisfaction, quality of life measures, etc.).
  7. Discuss the relationship between the social psychology of wellbeing and physical activity and health.
  8. Critically interpret the link between research on the social psychology of wellbeing and social policy and intervention strategies.

Course examiners

Kevin Moore

Dr Kevin Moore

Associate Professor

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design

[email protected]