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This course will explore ways in which wellbeing, resilience, and positive developmental trajectories may be promoted from infancy through adolescence. Current research and theoretical models will be used to explore a number of critical issues related to health and wellbeing in a New Zealand context from a developmental perspective.
EDUC204 integrates key theories and evidence-based research within developmental, educational, and positive psychology. What is well-being? What is resilience? How do children and adolescents cope? And how might they thrive? This course explores these thought-provoking questions (and more!) by exploring a variety of educational contexts from the classroom to informal learning environments. EDUC204 takes a holistic perspective to identify supportive conditions that promote academic achievement and personal well-being in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.
1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the foundational tenets of resilience, positive youth development, and strength-based theories. 2. Students will apply the core concepts of developmental, educational and positive psychology to the promotion of well-being and health.3. Students will demonstrate understanding of the basic principles for evaluating evidence-based literature. 4. Students will demonstrate an emerging understanding of the multidimensional and complex nature of developmental, educational and positive psychology processes that contribute to well-being and health.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
30 points in EDUC or PSYC, or permission of the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Readings will be posted on the course Learn website for students to download.
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership.