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SP50230: Wellbeing: concepts, measures & policy

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce the concept of wellbeing with particular reference to multi-disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.
To understand how wellbeing has been conceptualised in policy over time and in different cultural and policy contexts.
To explore the subjective, objective, relational and environmental dimensions of human wellbeing.
To consider the challenges of putting wellbeing at the core of policy and programming in different socio-cultural and political contexts.
To understand how wellbeing is being measured and how measurement is incorporated in policy.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, students should be able to:
* understand clearly different conceptualizations of wellbeing across time and policy contexts;
* critically evaluate the concept of wellbeing in relation to different social science disciplinary perspectives
* show a critical awareness of how the concept of wellbeing is understood across different political; contexts and translated into policyidentify and evaluate the ways in which the concept of wellbeing has been translated into policy and the use of measurement therein.

Cross-cultural and interpersonal sensitivity (Taught/Facilitated)
Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) (T/F/Assessed)
Effective oral communication (e.g. seminar presentations) (T/F/A)
Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources (T/F/A)
Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (T/F/A)
Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A)
Concise, time-bound and effective written communication (T/F/Assessed)
Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (T/F/A)
Ability to work effectively as part of a group or team (T/F/A).

1. Wellbeing in policy: UK, EU and international context
2. Subjective and objective approaches to wellbeing
3. Wellbeing in action: Case studies
4. Policy and wellbeing processes
5. Measuring wellbeing for policy
6. Agency and collective wellbeing
7. Sustainable wellbeing.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50230 is available for Auditing on the following programmes:

Department for Health Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • THXX-AFM46 : MRes Global Political Economy: Transformations & Policy Analysis
  • THXX-AFM47 : MRes Global Political Economy: Transformations & Policy Analysis

SP50230 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • THSP-AFM15 : MSc Wellbeing in Public Policy and International Development
  • THSP-APM15 : MSc Wellbeing in Public Policy and International Development

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.