Course: Personal growth

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Course title Personal growth
Course code KPP/PGR
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Nišponská Magda, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Rozkovcová Andrea, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Every topic will hold two perspectives - the Czech and the American - with emphasis on specific manners, norms, stereotypes and specialities typical for each of the cultures: 1. Personal Growth in humanistic and existential psychology (G. Allport , A. Maslow , C. Rogers , E. Erikson , V. Frankl , M. Buber). 2. Virginia Satir's Growth model. Spiral model of personal growth. 3. Personal growth as the process of individuation from a Jungian perspective. 4. Phenomenology and personal growth (M. Heidegger, M. B. Hellinger, M. Boss). 5. Personal growth and effective habits in the work of Stephen Covey. 6. Cognitive and emotional dimension of the personal growth 7. Temporal dimension of the personal growth - moving from the past towards the future. 8. The importance of experience of the presence fulfilled. Flow experiences (M. Czikszentmihalyi). Mindfulness. 9. Sources of personal growth: character strengths and virtues. 10. Transcendence and spirituality as a source of personal growth. 11. Good relationships and social support as a source of personal growth. 12. Integrity, self-awarness and self-knowledge as a source of growth. 13. Posttraumatic growth.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 28 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 34 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to support students' personal growth: to develop better self-awareness and self-knowledge of students, to strengthen positive aspects of their personalities, to encourage their motivation and ability to cope with the demands of their jobs after graduation. Active classroom discussion and debates of students from two different cultures (Czech Republic and USA) will promote complex thinking about issues and problems inherent in practical application of the knowledge and skills gained during the lectures. All of this can significantly contribute to the well-being of students useful in teaching, counseling, therapy or social care.
After the course the student will be able to: * understand the importance of positive phenomena (hope, love, gratitude, mindfulness and openness to all aspects of life) for improving the quality of life of individuals and communities; * articulate and state the nature and importance of the conscious and responsible approach to one´s own personal and professional growth; * express basic specifics of own culture in chosen aspects; * understand the influences of culture on individuals and society - discuss pros and cons; * collaborate with international peers on scholarly selected topics through on-line communication in English language; * think critically over basic intercultural differences; * show digital literacy.
Prerequisites
Student has basic knowledge of general psychology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student's performance analysis, Written assignment

To successful completion of the course student have to: 1. actively attend the course, 2. elaborate one report concerning a chosen aspect of personal or professional growth 3. reading of relevant literature and resources, 4. elaborate scientific essays in collaboration with a US student. Specific aspects of personal and professional growth in each of the two cultures will be discussed in the essay.
Recommended literature
  • COVEY, S. R. 7 návyků skutečně efektivních lidí: zásady osobního rozvoje, které změní váš život. Praha: Management Press, 2014. ISBN 978-80-7261-268-0.
  • CSÍKSZENTMIHÁLYI, M. O štěstí a smyslu života: můžeme ovládat své prožitky a ovlivňovat jejich kvalitu?. Praha: NLN, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 1996. ISBN 80-7106-139-5.
  • HELLINGER, B., WEBER, G., BEAUMONT, H. Skrytá symetrie lásky. Praha: Pragma, 2000. ISBN 80-7205-759-6.
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ, J. Pozitivní psychologie. Praha: Portál, 2015. ISBN 978-80-262-0978-2.
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ, J. Psychologie smysluplnosti existence: otázky na vrcholu života. Praha: Grada, 2006. ISBN 80-247-1370-5.
  • ŘÍČAN, P. Cesta životem. Praha: Portál, 2014. ISBN 978-80-262-0772-6.
  • SATIRr, V., et al. Model růstu: za hranice rodinné terapie. Brno: Cesta, 2005. ISBN 80-7295-071-1.
  • SELIGMAN, M. E. P. Opravdové štěstí: pozitivní psychologie v praxi. Praha: Ikar, 2003. ISBN 80-249-0293-1.
  • SLEZÁČKOVÁ, A. Průvodce pozitivní psychologií: nové přístupy, aktuální poznatky, praktické aplikace. Praha: Grada, 2012. ISBN 978-80-247-3507-8.


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