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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module PSYC3757: Psychology of Happiness and Flourishing

Department: Psychology

PSYC3757: Psychology of Happiness and Flourishing

Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • • 60 credits from Level 2 Psychology


  • • none

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • • none


  • In this module you will learn about the brain's amazing ability to adapt and change itself with a special focus on neuroplastic changes in response to sensory deprivation such as vision loss. You will learn about mechanisms and theories and applications.


  • This module examines contemporary and emerging views on the science of happiness and human flourishing across various contexts and settings.
  • It begins with an introduction to current understandings of the nature of happiness and human flourishing before critically addressing relevant processes, theories and applications.
  • The module will also cover related conceptual and historical issues in psychology

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed knowledge of psychological perspectives for understanding and enhancing happiness and human flourishing including current theory and evidence
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to review critically and consolidate understanding of a coherent body of psychological knowledge and apply it appropriately
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good IT skills in word processing
  • Ability to work independently in scholarship and research within broad guidelines

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Students' acquisition of detailed knowledge will be facilitated by lectures, small group work, guided pre-lecture preparation, audio-visual materials, discussions and reading lists
  • These modes of teaching provide students with detailed knowledge of the key theories and the skills needed to evaluate different theoretical positions in light of current evidence
  • The examination will assess students' detailed subject knowledge and its application to real world issues
  • An assessment of the range, recency and appropriateness of sources will be included in the overall assessment of the essay
  • The use of group discussions / small group work will ensure that students are exposed to a range of different theoretical positions, and encouraged to understand their applications
  • Lectures, discussions and small group work will also give students the opportunity to interpret and evaluate the significance of empirical work
  • The summative essay assesses students' acquired knowledge of theoretical principles and empirical studies and their ability to organise and synthesise them coherently and critically in written form in response to a set question
  • The summative applied case study will assess students understanding of key concepts and theory and their application to relevant real world issues
  • The summative examination will also assess students' written communication skills
  • The module will be taught using lectures supplemented with online material. enter text as appropriate for the module

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
1 hour lectures 10 1 per week 1 hour 10
1 hour online material 10 1 per week 1 hour 10
Preparation and Reading 80
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University