Psychology of Wellbeing

PSY30011 25 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 26 online contact + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2021 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 4

29 Nov 21 - 27 Feb 22

29 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
12 Dec 21

20 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Jan 22

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

5 Jul 21 - 3 Oct 21

26 Oct 21

Last self enrolment:
18 Jul 21

30 Jul 21

Last withdraw without fail:
20 Aug 21


25 cp in PSY Level 2 units
PSY30015 Positive Psychology
PSY20004 Psychology of Wellbeing
PSS210 Psychology of Wellbeing


Aims and objectives

This project-based unit will provide students with an in-depth view of the field of Positive Psychology, and contribute to students’ understanding of core human character strengths and virtues. This unit examines how the scope of psychology is broadening beyond the identification of pathology and treating or preventing disorder, and give students the opportunity to develop professionally relevant skills in the Positive Psychology field.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Appraise the theory, methodology and practice of positive psychology.
2. Analyse and evaluate the various issues pertinent to positive psychology (e.g., wellbeing, character strengths, personal values, improving health).
3. Examine and explain the various factors that contribute to or decrease subjective wellbeing.
4. Design and construct an intervention using elements of the positive psychology approach.
5. Critically evaluate the research literature in the area of positive psychology.

Courses with unit

Bachelor of Behavioural Studies