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Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3991: Psychology of Human Resilience

Students will explore psychological constructs related to human resiliency and how these apply to their own lives and experiences. To frame these ideas, students will analyze how personality, as well as biological and environmental factors may increase the risk of traumatic events or may assist in protecting an individual from traumatic events. Students will gather information through assigned readings, as well as independent research. Engaging their critical thinking, students will critique current research and recommend how to promote resiliency and post-traumatic growth.

Learning outcomes

  • Define "resilience" as it relates to psychology.
  • Evaluate mental well-being risk factors from a personality, biological, and environmental perspective.
  • Illustrate how personality, biological, and environmental protective factors can increase resilience.
  • Synthesize research to generate an effective personalized resiliency plan.
  • Communicate effectively about the psychology of resilience using multiple modalities, such as video recordings and written assignments. 

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Topic of Resilience
  • Unit 2: The Influence of Biology on Resilience
  • Unit 3: The Influence of Personality on Resilience
  • Unit 4: The Influence of Environment on Resilience

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Project. 

Assignment 1: What is Resilience? Show Your Strengths Video Presentation 20%
Assignment 2: Conceptualizing Resilience & Annotated Bibliography 20%
Assignment 3: Resilience Case Study Infographic and Report 20%
Assignment 4: Contemplating External Forces 10%
Mandatory Final Project: Personal Resiliency Plan  30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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