About this Specialization
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100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

This course is appropriate for all learners.

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Japanese...

What you will learn

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    Master strategies and tools that enable individuals and organizations to thrive.

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    Discover key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application.

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    Apply key concepts from Positive Psychology to your personal and professional life.

Skills you will gain

Gratitudegoal settingResearch MethodologyResilience
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

This course is appropriate for all learners.

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Japanese...

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science

4.8
1,707 ratings
608 reviews
Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman—renowned worldwide as the “father of Positive Psychology”—has led visionary leaps in the scientific research, empirical data and personal understandings of human flourishing. This course explores the past, present and future of positive psychology as a journey through the key scientific leaps led by Dr. Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center and Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. There are no prerequisites....
Course2

Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions

4.8
749 ratings
189 reviews
Positive interventions are one of the building blocks for the application of positive psychology in our day-to-day lives. In this course taught by Dr. James Pawelski, we explore positive interventions through theory, research and practice. We provide learners the basic tools for using and measuring positive psychology in professional or personal contexts. Suggested prerequisite: Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science....
Course3

Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods

4.3
446 ratings
124 reviews
Learners discover how apply to research methods to their study of Positive Psychology. In this course, we study with Dr. Angela Duckworth and Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft. Through an exploration their work "True Grit" and interviews with researchers and practitioners, you develop a research hypothesis and learn how to understand the difference between internal and external validity. You also begin to understand and apply the strengths and weaknesses associated with different types of measurements and evaluation designs. You then interpret the results in an empirical study. Suggested prerequisites: Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science and Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions....
Course4

Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills

4.9
640 ratings
202 reviews
Learn how to incorporate resilience interventions into your personal and professional life with Dr. Karen Reivich. In this course, you are exposed to the foundational research in resilience, including protective factors such as mental agility and optimism. Several types of resilience interventions are explored including cognitive strategies; strategies to manage anxiety and increase positive emotions such as gratitude; and a critical relationship enhancement skill. Throughout the course, you will hear examples of individuals using resilience skills in their personal and professional lives. Suggested prerequisites: Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science, Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions and Positive Psychology: Character, Grit & Research Methods....

Instructors

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James Pawelski, Ph.D.

Director of Education and Senior Scholar
Positive Psychology Center
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Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Positive Psychology Center
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Claire Robertson-Kraft, Ph.D.

Director, ImpactED
Positive Psychology Center and Fels Insititute of Government
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Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.

Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology & Director, Positive Psychology Center
Positive Psychology Center
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Karen Reivich, Ph.D.

Director of Resilience Training Services
Positive Psychology Center

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Sessions for each course will start every two weeks on a Monday. Enrollment closes five days after a Session starts.

  • Each course in this specialization is four modules/weeks long and can be completed at your own pace once the Coursera session begins.

    Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions: 4-6 hours/module

    Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods: 4-6 hours per module

    Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills: 5-7 hours per module

    Positive Psychology Specialization Project: Design Your Life for Well-being: 2-5 hours per module

  • No specific background knowledge is needed in order to complete the courses in the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization.

  • The courses in this specialization can be taken in any order. However, the course Positive Psychology Specialization Project: Design Your Life for Well-being is intended to be a culminating capstone experience and should be taken last. Why? Because your growing knowledge and experience throughout the other courses is what matters most, and will deliver the greatest benefit from this special project-based course.

  • Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    Describe the past, present, and future of the science of positive psychology

    Use intervention strategies to improve well-being

    Read critically as a consumer of the research literature in positive psychology

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