Norway, Oslo

Positive Psychology and Concepts of Well-being across Cultures and Societies: Promoting the Good Life of Individuals and Communities

when 26 July 2010 - 6 August 2010
duration 2 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS
fee NOK 3000

This course aims at offering an overview of theories and interventions in Positive Psychology. Within this recent and innovative framework, researchers are investigating subjective well-being, creativity, personal strengths and resources, taking into account their implications for both individual growth and community development. This approach entails a theoretical and empirical shift from the traditional outlook of psychology, moving from the use of interventions to treat the outcomes of problems to the development of strategies aimed at preventing their onset. The psychological investigation of subjective well-being allows researchers to explore individual resources and potentials. This information can be used to design intervention programs addressed to all categories of individuals and groups in any society. Emphasis on resources and abilities instead of weaknesses and deficits can promote individual development and well-being in various domains: education, physical and mental health, work, and social integration. In particular, this approach can be used to design projects addressed to people who have to cope with disadvantages, be they related to health conditions or to social maladjustment.

Course leader

Professor Antonella Delle Fave from Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy

Target group

PhD students

Course aim

The major aims of this course are:\r\n\r\n- To provide an overview of the main theories and constructs developed with the framework of Positive Psychology \r\n\r\n- To explore cross-cultural differences and similarities in the conceptualization of well-being \r\n\r\n- To describe some of the methods and instruments designed to assess well-being and related dimensions

Fee info

NOK 3000: The fee will cover parts of the required reading material, food and social arrangements.