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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2008

PSY 341k • Positive Psy & the Good Life - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44252 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
SEA 3.250

Course Description

This SWC course provides a survey of the emerging field of Positive Psychology. Topics covered include defining and assessing "the good life"; the relationships between life satisfaction and personal factors such as wealth, education, and longevity; cognitive, motivational, evolutionary, and personality factors, biological factors (i.e., genetics and neurological correlates), cross-cultural perspectives, and applications to topics such as workplace environments, and public policy.

The focus will be on contemporary empirical psychology literature, though the course will also draw on literature from historical, philosophical, and economic disciplines. Class format will utilize both didactic and interactive components, with active participation expected from students in class discussions and exercises, as well as in assignments outside the classroom.

Grading Policy

Course grades will be based on writing and reviewing brief in-class reaction papers, homework assignments (completing exercises and writing reaction papers; an essay), class participation, and a take home exam.


1) Peterson, C. (2006), A Primer in Positive Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2) Course packet


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