PSY222 - Psychology of Happiness

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Subject Title
Psychology of Happiness

Subject Description
Happiness is golden; happiness is fleeting; don't worry be happy; happiness is friends and family; or alternately a new puppy. In contemporary society, there is no shortage of truisms on happiness. Happiness is something that almost everyone wishes to obtain and yet, for most, it remains elusive - forever on the horizon. This course is an introduction to the science of happiness and fulfillment. Through class readings and discussions, students are introduced to the contemporary field of happiness studies as well as to the historical and philosophical perspectives on which it rests. The knowledge, skills, and insights gained in this course will help students personally as well as professionally as they navigate towards a meaning-based goal-directed life.  

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Describe key psychological, social, and biological factors underlying a happy and fulfilling life.
  • Explain the value of human connection as a means of understanding happiness.
  • Apply scientifically supported techniques derived from psychological research to enhance self-awareness.
  • Demonstrate research-tested happiness activities to determine viability.
  • Evaluate strategies for boosting happiness to identify those which would be most effective for various populations.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.