EdinburghWeek-Long Study Tour | Psychology Program

Required Course(s)
Positive Psychology

In Scotland, the cornerstones of positive psychology are applied in both policy and practice to empower individuals, influence communities, and promote positive mental health and well-being. This week-long Study Tour explores the link between these aspects and analyzes their effectiveness. The academic visits give you a forum to discuss and debate cultural differences within ‘best practice,’ and encourage you to explore the historical, economic, and social backgrounds of positive psychology.

During the Study Tour, you discuss public policies, community practices, and individual efforts. You also have the opportunity to gain insight and observe the culture of both Glasgow and Edinburgh by attending performances, visiting museums, and exploring the highland landscape to add to your understanding of well-being.

The Study Tour integrates theories presented in the classroom for an extended study of positive psychology practices from many cultural perspectives.

Tour Objectives

  • Gain insight into the field of positive psychology
  • Understand how positive psychology can be applied at the policy level and in institutions
  • Compare and contrast the Danish and Scottish governments, in regards to the ways well-being is supported
  • Explore the impact of urban planning and socio-economic factors on quality of life

Possible Activities

  • Visit a meditation center to learn how it influences positive thinking
  • Hike to Arthur's Seat and utilize positive psychology methods in nature
  • Discuss and meet with top researchers in the field of mental health
  • Visit an NGO that empowers workforces to promote emotional health and well-being of children and young people