Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Wellbeing and Positive Psychology
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  2500 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Wellbeing intervention proposal  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Wellbeing intervention proposal  2000 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate a broad understanding of the concept of wellbeing

Compare and contrast different theoretical perspectives on wellbeing

Critically evaluate theories of positive psychology and human flourishing

Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of factors that influence wellbeing

Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in improving wellbeing

Brief description

Positive psychology is the science of how we can improve psychological wellbeing and happiness, while reducing psychological distress. Positive psychology emerged in response to traditional psychology’s focus on treating mental illness, and is concerned with how all individuals can flourish and move towards greater psychological wellbeing. This module will explore the concepts of psychological wellbeing, happiness, positive emotions, and mindfulness as well as exploring theories of psychological flourishing such as self-determination theory.


What is wellbeing and what is positive psychology?
Theoretical perspectives on psychological wellbeing and psychological flourishing
Happiness and positive emotions
Relationships and wellbeing
Environment and wellbeing
Education and wellbeing
Technology and wellbeing

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience The module focuses on the concepts of wellbeing, positive psychology, and human flourishing, and the knowledge covered will include methods to improve wellbeing, which can be beneficial to resilience. One semester assessment (the intervention proposal) will allow for skills developed in previous essay and proposal assignments to be adapted to an overlapping but differing format of an intervention proposal.
Co-ordinating with others The module will encourage group discussion, and also group work involving coordination with other students, during the modules seminars. The module content will also cover the benefits to wellbeing that can be gained from social interaction.
Creative Problem Solving Seminar tasks will involve creatively working with other students, or individually, to answer a question. The intervention proposal assignment will involve creatively applying the skills and knowledge learnt to answer a novel assignment format.
Critical and analytical thinking Critical and analytical thinking will be emphasised and encouraged throughout the module. Issues of debate will be highlighted throughout the taught lecture content. Critical thinking will be encouraged during seminar activities. The essay will involve a critical discussion of theoretical perspectives and research evidence. The intervention proposal will involve a critical appraisal of the research evidence, as well as analytical thinking on how to assess the effectiveness of the intervention.
Digital capability A range of digital skills will be encouraged including searching electronic databases for relevant research articles for both assignments. Both assignments will also be developed using word processing software, and submitted electronically.
Professional communication Academic discussion will be encouraged within seminars. Both assignments will encourage involve academic writing. Through the essay assignment, students can develop and demonstrate their ability to communicate complex theoretical concepts within the domain of wellbeing psychology. Through the proposal assignment, students can develop and demonstrate their ability to structure a research proposal to clearly convey a range of different concepts in a structured format.
Real world sense As well as considering a range of theoretical perspectives, the module will have a strong focus on wellbeing in the real world. This will include looking at factors that may be detrimental to wellbeing, or improve wellbeing, in everyday life. Through the intervention proposal assignment, students can pick a real world context and population, and apply the theories and concepts learned to this real world context and population.
Reflection Wellbeing is something that everyone experiences to a greater or lesser degree. Seminar discussions will include discussion of day to day activities that each of us may engage in, and how these may influence our wellbeing.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop a wide range of subject specific skills including searching research databases, reading and summarising research literature, academic writing, and planning, developing, and structuring a proposal for a wellbeing intervention.


This module is at CQFW Level 6