Psychology of Emotion and Wellbeing

This is a first year Applied Social Science core subject that introduces students to the fields of psychology, social science and the importance of emotions in human identity. It leads into other psychology subjects and informs subjects such as grief and loss. This subject will allow students to develop a better understanding and management of their emotions. Students learn how to use this as a basis for building a framework to identify and work appropriately with the emotions of clients in an empathetic and professional manner.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC110
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Catrina Henderson



Awards offering Psychology of Emotion and Wellbeing

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Describe the function of emotions and normal emotional development; and social and cultural factors;
  2. Distinguish between a number of theoretical approaches to understanding emotions;
  3. Develop the skills to apply theories to personal, ministry and professional contexts;
  4. Critique self-reflective practices regarding emotional management

Subject Content

  • Understanding Emotions & Wellbeing?
  • Emotions and Neuroscience
  • Theories of Emotion & Wellbeing
  • Attachment Theory & Emotion
  • Emotional Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Responding to Emotion
  • Culture and Emotion
  • Trauma and Emotion
  • Emotional Wellbeing – Stress and Coping
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Application in the Helping Professions

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Major Essay (40%)
  • Exam (20%)
  • Personal Reflection (20%)

Prescribed Text

  • Niedenthal, P.M. & Ric, F. (2017). Psychology of emotion (2nd ed.). New York: Psychology Press.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any textbooks