|Study location||Netherlands, Maastricht|
|Type||Summer Course, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 weeks (6 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€675 per programme|
Enrolled as an Undergraduate student or Undergraduate diploma
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
B2, IELTS 6.5
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Please note that due to COVID-19 this course will take place online.
Positive psychology was introduced by Martin Seligman around 2000 and can be viewed as a supplementary approach to clinical psychology. The positive psychological movement formulated three aims: (1) to focus on well-being and happiness instead of abnormal behaviour and psychopathology, (2) to be concerned with building positive qualities and strengths instead of repairing damage and (3) to prevent future problems instead of correcting past and present problems.
This course will provide you with valuable insights from the field of positive psychology to help you boost your resilience and lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. In three weeks, you will take a scientific and personal deep dive into topics like autonomy, self-compassion, meditation, mindfulness, happiness, character strengths, optimism, post-traumatic growth, and resilience.
According to Positive Psychologists, every individual has the potential to be the “captain of their own sailboat”. Every single individual has unique strengths and an innate ability to face difficult weather circumstances. In this course, we will unlock your character strengths and focus on helpful ways to support yourself in difficult times. We will cover the most important theories in Positive Psychology and you will be encouraged to go search for scientific literature to apply the topics we will cover to your specific areas of interest.
Autonomy is key in this course, so you will be encouraged every step of the way to be your own best guide in exploring the field.
Course Duration and Dates
The three-week online positive psychology course is a combination of lectures, experiential workshops, group meetings and self-study. In terms of assessment, you will be invited to write short blog posts about recent research findings and will develop your own positive psychology intervention which you will report in a final paper. The total duration of the course, which will take place from the 19th of July until the 6th of August, 2021, is 32 class hours (synchronous/asynchronous).
There will be ample room to gain hands-on experience with evidence-based positive psychological techniques ranging from simple journaling exercises to mindfulness meditation.
General disclaimer: on campus education and activities, as well as trips and visits related to the course are conditional. E.g. (Dutch) travel advice should be positive regarding the region that will be visited and institutions should be able to accept visitors. In case a proposed activity, trip or visit cannot continue due to circumstances, (online) alternatives may be organized.
The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 6 ECTS according to Maastricht University’s guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions.
This programme is intended to familiarise students with the concepts and ideas of positive psychology; provide in depth knowledge on selected topics within the field; be able to judge and design a positive psychological research project; and to give students hands on experience with some important positive psychology intervention techniques.
Some background in Psychology. Knowledge on designing a research study is helpful but not mandatory.
A minimum of 8 students is required for the class to take place.
Students are strongly encouraged to search for their own literature at the university library where they have a large number of relevant articles and books at their disposal. If you are interested in buying a textbook, we recommend one of the following (please note that it is not mandatory to buy one of these books. The books below are suggested readings):
Positive Psychology: Theory, Research And Applications by Kate Hefferon & Ilona Boniwell (2011) ISBN-10: 0335241956 | ISBN-13: 978-0335241958
Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society by Stewart I. Donaldson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jeanne Nakamura (2011) ISBN-10: 0415877822 | ISBN-13: 978-0415877824
Positive Psychology in Practice by P. Alex Linley, Stephen Joseph (2004) ISBN-10: 0471459062 | ISBN-13: 978-0471459064