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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)


Positive psychology adopts a strengths based approach to resolving problems, optimising change processes, and creating flourishing and productive individuals and institutions. This unit will present asset-based theory and methods relevant to the work context such as appreciative inquiry, positive organisational scholarship, orientations to happiness (pleasure, engagement and meaning), optimistic thinking and self-concordant goal setting. The importance of meaningful and engaging work environments and jobs will be illustrated with practical examples and empirical support. Critical analysis of the utility of these various positive psychology perspectives and methods and how these realistically apply to the work context will be undertaken using numerous and varied learning approaches such as debates, case studies, role plays and research activities. This unit will be highly experiential and practical.


At the completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Explain various theoretical approaches to achieving positive work experiences
and outcomes.
  1. Critically evaluate the empirical evidence regarding the efficacy of positive
psychology and related approaches, particularly in work places
  1. Critically evaluate the utility of various positive psychology tools, measures and
interventions through a range of experiential exercises.
  1. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge in the development of positive
psychology interventions designed for organisational well-being.
  1. Develop the skills necessary for professional and evidence-based practice as it
relates to positive psychology.


Essay (2000 words)(35%), Journal (2500 words)(35%), Presentation (30%).

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dianne Vella-Broderick

Contact hours

One x 3 hour lecture per week