APOP 3400: Flourishing through Creativity and the Arts

APOP 3400: Flourishing through Creativity and the Arts
Course in Applied Positive Psychology
Course Description:

This course in the Applied Positive Psychology series addresses the question, "How do creative endeavors and engagement with the arts contribute to well-being?" The link between well-being, creativity, and the arts is an emerging field. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the major theories and fundamental findings related to creativity, the arts, and flourishing, including the scientific principles that underlie this research. This course will integrate the latest findings from cutting-edge research (including findings from the new field of the positive humanities, launched right here at Penn), and discuss implications for practice and application. Finally, you'll be able to examine interventions and techniques that are emerging from the research and test them to see how well they may apply in your own life.

Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2024 Term Offered:
Spring 1 (accelerated): Jan 18 – Mar 14, 2024

*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.

  • Associate Director of Research, Positive Psychology Center

Dr. Katherine N. Cotter is associate director of research with the Humanities and Human Flourishing Project team in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In her research, she studies topics related to music, aesthetic experiences, and creativity and personality, with an emphasis on what these phenomena look like in our… Read more


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