About this Specialization

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The University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman welcome you to Foundations of Positive Psychology. Our five-course specialization provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application.

Course topics include

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

• Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions with Dr. James Pawelski

• Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods with Dr. Angela Duckworth & Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft

• Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills with Dr. Karen Reivich

• Positive Psychology Specialization Project with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman

Learner Career Outcomes
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Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Japanese
Learner Career Outcomes
80%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
13%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Japanese

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

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

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Course2

Course 2

Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions

4.8
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1,401 ratings
377 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods

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stars
797 ratings
230 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills

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stars
1,363 ratings
451 reviews

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • 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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