APOP 300: The Scientific Method in Positive Psychology

APOP 300: The Scientific Method in Positive Psychology
Course in Applied Positive Psychology
Course Description:

How do we both understand and measure well-being, and the psychological characteristics that contribute to it? Understanding the scientific basis of these important questions requires an understanding of the scientific methods that inform them. Students learn the basics of the scientific method, and foundational descriptive statistics used in positive psychology and social sciences. They explore how concepts such as well-being, character, and positive experiences are operationalized and measured, and learn the basics of developing hypotheses, research design, and data analysis. This course substitutes as a Scientific Process requirement for the degree.

Students will have a more robust learning experience in this course if they first complete Introduction to Positive Psychology.

Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2020 Term Offered:
Spring 2 (accelerated): Mar 16 – May 12, 2020
Fall 1 (accelerated): Sep 1 – Oct 26, 2020
2021 Term Offered:
Spring 2 (accelerated): Mar 15 – May 11, 2021

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.


  • Faculty, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology
  • Director, ImpactEd

Claire Robertson-Kraft, PhD, is the Founder and Director of ImpactED and an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. She has more than ten years of experience working as a teacher, evaluator, and non-profit leader in the Philadelphia region. Claire has extensive experience teaching research methods and conducting evaluations in the areas of education, public policy, positive psychology, social impact, and community engagement.

Claire began her career as a third-grade teacher… Read more

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