This course focuses on the study of human resilience. Students examine research evidence on
individual, family and community factors that have been found to promote resilience in at-risk
children, adolescents and adults. Students explore the intense debates and controversies
engendered by these findings and their application to prevention and intervention strategies. As
a foundation for engaging with these issues, students first develop a framework that includes an
introduction to psychology and the research methods used to study human resilience.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Define "resilience" as it relates to psychology.
- Describe protective and risk factors at the levels of the individual, the family, and the
- Explain how individual, family, and community protective factors can increase resilience
(i.e., act as buffers) in at-risk individuals and populations.
- Describe some of the practical applications or interventions suggested by the research on
- Critically assess research studies on human resilience to identify and discuss the findings
and the limitations of the research as well as areas where future research is needed.
The course is divided into four modules, which are further divided into topics of study:
- Module 1: A Framework for Studying Human Resilience
- Module 2: Resilience and the Individual
- Module 3: Resilience and the Family
- Module 4: Resilience and the Community
Required text and materials
There is no required textbook.
Computer with Internet is required.
The following books are supplementary texts:
- Luthar, S. S. (Ed.). (2003). Resilience and vulnerability: Adaptation in the context of
childhood adversities. Cambridge University Press.
- Ungar, M. (2004). Nurturing hidden resilience in troubled youth. University of Toronto
Copies of these books are available for short-term borrowing from TRU Library.
To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the
overall course, and 50% or higher on the mandatory final project. The following table illustrates
how your final grade will be determined for this course.
|Assignment 1 : A Framework for Studying Human Resilience
|Assignment 2 : Resilience and the Individual
|Assignment 3 : Resilience and the Family
|Assignment 4 : Resilience and the Community
|Final Project (mandatory)
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.