Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

General competencies
1) Learning Skills
-Can learn with others and share their knowledge in their workplace
-Can use changes and is able to see and use different learning and business opportunities with in changes
-Can plan, organize and develop their own actions
2) Communication and social skills
-Can listening to others and communicating in writing, verbally and visually using different communication styles
-Can utilize information and communication technologies in their own work
3) Expertise in development
-Can search and manage information in their own industry and have the ability to critically evaluate information and to perceive wholes

Occupation-specific competence:
1) pedagogical and didactic skills
Can innovatively solve the problem and develop the industry
2) Learning in health and wellbeing
-Understands and can define the concepts of health and welfare and apply the theories and methods of Health Promotion and Sport on individual, group and community levels.
-Understand the mechanisms that influence human behavior and behavior change in relation to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and coaching in sport.
3) Social and leadership skills
Can formulate goals and develop strategies to achieve them, and solve problems at different levels and areas.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to have

-knowledge of the key concepts in health sports psychology and positive psychology (get to know the concept of positive psychology and what it includes)
-understand the importance of motivation, group dynamics, mental training and self-esteem so that they can use the theories in teaching and coaching in order to promote good performance and well-being
-understand the psychological mechanisms of changing health behavior
-knowledge and understanding of health behaviors in different groups (at the individual / group level)
-know-how to apply theories to be able to support individuals when they are trying to change their behavior (concerning health or sport performance)
-understand the importance of physical activity and opportunities for mental health and wellbeing in life

Recommended or required reading

Hassmen, Kenttä & Gustafsson 2009. Praktisk idrottspsykologi. Sisu Idrottsböcker.
Kangasniemi & Kauhavaara 2016. Kohti muutosta – Arvo ja hyväksymispohjainen lähestymistapa liikunnan ja terveydenedistämiseen.
Ogden J. (2007) Health Psychology: A textbook. MC Graw Hill Education: Berkshire UK . Kapitel 1 sid 1-11,kapitel 2 13-45 Övriga kapitel utgående från ert Hälsobeteende
Matikka ja Roos-Salmi (toim). (2012). Urheilupsykologian perusteet. Liikuntatieteellisen seuran julkaisu nro 169. Helsinki.
Ojanen Markku. (2007) Positiivinen psykologia. Edita 2007.
Snyder C.R. & Lopez S.J Red. (2002) Handbook of Positive Psychology. Oxford University Press :Cary, NC,USA (kapitel 5 sid 63-72, kapitel 10 sid 135-147, kapitel 11 sid 148-156, kapitel 22 sid 299-311, kapitel 44 sid 608-616 är intressanta)
Plate & Plate 2005: 103 mentala metoder. Sisu Idrottsböcker.
Weinberg, R. S. & Gould, D. (2007) Foundations of sport and exercise psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Hassmén, P., Hassmén, N. & Plate, N. (2003). Idrottspsykologi. Natur och kultur. Stockholm.
Rovio, E., Lintunen, T., & Salmi, O. (2009). Ryhmäilmiöt liikunnassa. Print Oy. Tampere.
Heini, S., (2000). Valmentautumisen psykologia. Iloisemmin, rohkeammin, keskittyneemmin. Gummerus kirjapaino oy, Jyväskylä.
Biddle, S. J. H. & Mutrie, N. (2001). Psychology of Physical Activity: Determinants, Well-Being and Interventions. Routledge,
Scriven A. 2013. Ewles & Simnet Hälsoarbete. Studentlitteratur. (eller den äldre versionen; Ewles Linda, Simnett Ina. (2009) Hälsoarbete. Studentlitteratur)
Winroth Jan, Rydqvist Lars-Göran (2008). Hälsa och hälsopromotion. Sisu Idrottsböcker.
Terveyden edistäminen esimerkein. Käsitteet ja selitykset. Terveyden edistämis keskus ry. Ladda ner: http://www.tekry.fi/index.php External link? page=jul_julkaisu&i=100311
Hardy, L., Jones, G. & Gould, D. (1996). Understanding Psycho-logical Preparation for Sport. Theory and Practice of Elite Performers. Chichester: John Wiley: Chichester
Horn, T. (2002). Advances in Sport Psychology. 2nd Edition

Study activities

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 9 hours
  • Practical exercises - 3 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 39 hours
  • Individual studies - 49 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


  • Ekström Mia
  • Vaappo Marko
  • Vienola Riitta
  • Törnblom Cia


Vienola Riitta

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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