• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Elizabeth Rieger
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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The Wellbeing Formula will introduce you to the psychological science and practice of wellbeing. It will draw on psychological theory, research evidence, and practical techniques to help you understand the factors that create flourishing individuals, communities, and societies.

Specifically, this course will provide you with an understanding of current theoretical models and research evidence regarding the factors that promote the capacity for people to thrive. Among these factors are developing the ability to:
• have a deep sense of self-acceptance,
• experience positive emotions,
• be fully engaged in life,
• have positive relationships with others,
• experience a sense of accomplishment,
• have a sense that your life is valuable and meaningful,
• experience personal growth through life's difficulties,
• have a sense of being in charge of your own life, and
• optimise your physical health.

In addition to its focus on psychological factors, the course will address sociocultural factors in terms of the societal determinants of wellbeing and how to build flourishing communities and societies. More than helping you to gain an intellectual understanding of the science of wellbeing, this course will also provide instruction in key strategies whereby you can understand the processes involved in enhancing your own wellbeing and that of others. This course will move away from a more traditional focus on illness to one on health, from what causes us to experience distress to what protects us against distress, from a focus on eliminating problems to cultivating strengths, and from how our suffering can be minimised to how we can thrive.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Distinguish between common misconceptions versus theoretical models and empirical evidence regarding the contributors to wellbeing.
  2. Understand the key psychological factors contributing to wellbeing including self-acceptance, positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, accomplishment, meaning, personal growth, autonomy, and a healthy lifestyle;
  3. Understand the key sociocultural factors contributing to wellbeing;
  4. Be aware of reliable and valid questionnaires for assessing wellbeing constructs;
  5. Implement strategies to enhance personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of others;
  6. Critique the wellbeing literature in terms of its current limitations so as to understand fruitful directions for future research.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Online Quizzes (20%): there will be 11 quizzes after each of the first 11 lectures, with students able to drop their worst quiz. The remaining 10 quizzes will each contribute 2% to the student's final mark. Quiz content will be based on (1) the lecture's content and (2) the lecture's set reading (a journal article). [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
  • Written assignment (30%): a 2000-word essay in which students provide a critical evaluation of the literature on applied positive psychology interventions to develop their own personalised wellbeing plan. [LO 2,3, 4, 5, 6]
  • Final examination (50%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Approximately 10-12 hours per week, including 2 hours per week of face-to-face teaching.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text has yet to be decided. An example text is: Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., & Ivtzan, I. (2014). Applied positive psychology: Integrated positive practice. London, UK: Sage.
There will also be a set reading in the form of a journal article for each lecture.

Indicative Reading List

Recommended readings (approximately five journal articles) for each lecture will be provided on Wattle.

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8288 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 Online

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