About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

This course is appropriate for all learners.

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

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

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

This course is appropriate for all learners.

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

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.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

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

4.8
2,305 ratings
801 reviews
Course2

Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions

4.8
1,034 ratings
261 reviews
Course3

Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods

4.3
601 ratings
163 reviews
Course4

Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills

4.9
938 ratings
291 reviews

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

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The University of Pennsylvania does not offer credit for any of the non-credit courses on Coursera.

  • 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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