At a Glance...
The Module consists of 2 parts studied during the 1st and
the 2nd semester. It aims to introduce the students into the concepts and
Philosophy of Salutogenesis as it was founded by the Early Pioneers in the
previous century and as it is being developed now so that they can make better
decisions when doing either Research or design processes moving away from
empowering the pathogenic models of thought, Research and behavior. Thus, the
students will be able to understand the Origins of Health and the Factors that
support the Advancement of Health in Life. At the same time, the student will
start to study some of the most significant psychology theories under the
umbrella of Salutogenesis. This will continue in Part II.
There are no prerequisites for this course. However, the
course will be conducted at the level expected of Undergraduate Students or
Professionals and Executives who can critically think and reflect. Therefore,
for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the
Undergraduate College Level is desirable as well as a reflective Mind to delve
Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained,
students wanting to expand their knowledge even further will be guided to do so
through extensive bibliography. Students are advised to read the required
readings either before or soon after each unit, but in advance of the next
unit. Recommended and supplemental readings can be read any time throughout the
course in the self-study context and this is what will take your understanding
to new heights.
There will be video lectures (60-75 minutes each) each
week. The lectures can be divided into about 4-6 segments, separated by
interactive quiz questions for you to to help you process and understand
the material. In addition, there will be a problem set and a programming
assignment each week and there will be a final exam. You are encouraged to
maintain a personal journal of thoughts, observations and experiences during
the course. For the community work, there will be action learning activities
which will involve you talking to others in your environment. A brief essay
is to be written based on your experience.
The 1st part of the module focuses on the following
Main Concepts in Salutogenesis
The model of Salutogenesis in Health
Gratitude Theory (McGullough)
Learned Resourcefulness (Resenbaum)
Learned Optimism (Selgman)
Learned Hopefulness (Zimmerman)
What is the miraculous thing about this course?
Your brain wiring will change!
Will I be able to apply the learning?
Yes, each unit will include reflective exercises and action
learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the ideas
studies at work or at home in your life. You will reflect on what the role of a
health practitioner is, esp. in the field of Prenatal Psychology and this will
affect other aspects of your personal and working life inspiring you to adopt
attitudes and behaviors towards co-operation and co-creation in full respect of
who each of the team is extending a helpful hand when needed and a clearer mind
at times of confusion.
Do I have to do community work right from the beginning of
Yes, community work is an integral part of this educational
program. You are expected to offer 4 hours of community work a week, which will
Do I have to do any personal work right from the beginning?
Yes, since this educational program goes very deep, it is
important for you to have your support system and personal work is an integral
part of it. You can choose to work individually or in a group in your area and
it is advisable that you opt for prenatal psychology to be the Psychology
Thought you work with, if this is possible where you live. A session of 2
hours a week is expected.
What resources will I need for this course?
All you need is an Internet connection and the time to read
and discuss the exciting materials available online.