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This course will explore ways in which well-being, 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 well-being in a New Zealand context from developmental, educational, and positive psychology perspectives.
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:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
30 points in EDUC or PSYC, orpermission of the Head of School
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership