PSBB007 Positive psychology

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Alena Slezáčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Alena Slezáčková, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 C51
No prerequisites.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 12 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 12/12, only registered: 2/12
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide student with a knowledge of the current issues of positive psychology - its background, main subjects of research, and latest findings.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course student will be able to determine main representatives of positive psychology; to highlight the main research areas of positive psychology; to understand the effect of of positive emotions on health; to explain the importance of positive approach on the quality of life and mental health of an individual; to explain the importance and classification of character strengths; to apply gained knowledge in the context of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • History of positive psychology
  • Theories and concepts of happiness: Subjective well_being, life satisfaction,flourishing
  • Positive emotions: research and applications
  • Optimal experience - Flow
  • Hope and optimism
  • Gratitude and Forgiveness
  • Character strengths and virtues
  • Meaningfulness and life values
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Positive communication, positive organisations, positive leadership
  • Positive psychotherapy
    required literature
  • SLEZÁČKOVÁ, Alena. Pozitivní psychologie – věda nejen o štěstí. Praha: E-psychologie, 2010.
  • SLEZÁČKOVÁ, Alena. Průvodce pozitivní psychologií : nové přístupy, aktuální poznatky, praktické aplikace. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 2012. 304 s. ISBN 9788024735078. info
    recommended literature
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ, Jaro. Pozitivní psychologie. 1. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2004. 195 s. ISBN 80-7178. info
  • SELIGMAN, Martin E. P. Opravdové štěstí : pozitivní psychologie v praxi. Vyd. 1. Praha: Ikar, 2003. 390 s. ISBN 8024902931. info
  • CSIKSZENTMIHALYI, Mihaly. O štěstí a smyslu života :můžeme ovládat své prožitky a ovlivňovat jejich kvalitu? Praha: Lidové noviny, 1996. 399 s. ISBN 80-7106-139-5. info
    not specified
  • SLEZÁČKOVÁ, Alena and Irena SOBOTKOVÁ. Family Resilience : Positive Psychology Approach to Healthy Family Functioning. In Kumar, Updesh. The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience. Oxford: Routledge, 2017. p. 379-390. Routledge International Handbooks. ISBN 978-1-138-95487-8. info
  • HEFFERON, Kate. Positive psychology and the body : the somatopsychic side to flourishing. First published. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education, 2013. xvii, 254. ISBN 9780335247714. info
  • Applied positive psychology : improving everyday life, health, schools, work, and society. Edited by Stewart I. Donaldson - Mihály Csíkszentmihályi - Jeanne Nakamura. New York: Psychology, 2011. xxvi, 237. ISBN 9780415877817. info
  • Handbook of positive psychology in schools. Edited by Rich Gilman - Eugene Scott Huebner - Michael J. Furlong. 1st pub. New York: Routledge, 2009. xvii, 502. ISBN 9780203884089. info
  • Oxford handbook of positive psychology. Edited by C. R. Snyder - Shane J. Lopez. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. xxxi, 709. ISBN 9780195187243. info
  • Oxford handbook of methods in positive psychology. Edited by Anthony D. Ong - Manfred H. M. Van Dulmen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. xxii, 644. ISBN 9780195172188. info
  • PETERSON, Christopher. A primer in positive psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. viii, 386. ISBN 9780195188332. info
  • Handbook of positive psychology. Edited by C. R. Snyder - Shane J. Lopez. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. xviii, 829. ISBN 0195182790. info
  • Positive psychology in practice. Edited by P. Alex Linley - Stephen Joseph. New Yersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. xxii, 770. ISBN 0471459062. info
  • Handbook of positive psychology. Edited by C. R. Snyder - Shane J. Lopez. New York :.: Oxford University Press, 2002. xviii, 829. ISBN 0195135334. info
  • HARVEY, John H. The psychology of loss as a lens to a positive psychology. American Behavioral Scientist. 2001, vol. 44, No 5, p. 838-853. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, class discussion, homeworks. Active participation of students during seminars is required.
Assessment methods
The course is completed by colloquium. Final evaluation: delivering of seminar work or oral presentations, paper, class discussion.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
We encourage students to use resources and links in the Study Materials in the IS.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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