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SP50232: Wellbeing in public policy and international development: extended essay

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 2
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: Students must produce a 300 word proposal identifying the topic area to be addressed for approval by the Director of Studies in advance of being permitted to take this unit.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To allow students the opportunity to develop a more in depth understanding of a key wellbeing-related issue of their own choice in the field of public policy or international development.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will have:
* Identified a specialist issue on the topic of wellbeing in the field of public policy or international development and developed their skills in locating and reviewing relevant literature
* Demonstrated a systematic understanding of, and ability to, critically evaluate theories and/or policies relevant to the issue and its links to wellbeing;
* Applied this understanding to the issue demonstrating originality in the application of knowledge.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) (Taught/Facilitated)
* Ability to select, analyse and present numerical data (T/F/Assessed)
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources (T/F/A)
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (T/F/A)
* Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problems (T/F/A)
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A)
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance (T/F/A).

This unit is intended primarily for those with strong research career interests, or a clear vocational specialism who can thereby justify focusing on a particular issue, and who have demonstrated a capacity for self-guided work. The extended essay should be on a topic that is quite distinct from other unit course work and in particular, from their intended dissertation topic or regional specialisation essay. This unit may be linked to a placement or internship within a particular development organisation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50232 is Optional 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.