POL2091 : The Politics of Happiness
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Ms Sarina Theys
- Lecturer: Dr David Walker
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
The aims in this module are to enable students: to gain a grasp of the political theory and practice relating to happiness or wellbeing; to examine critically political theories and practices relating to happiness; to consider the tenability and value of happiness as a goal of happiness.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will look at select theorists and theories from the Ancient Greeks to the present, and will look at contemporary political approaches and policies relating to happiness.
The Meaning of Happiness
Philosophy of Happiness in the Ancient World
Philosophy of Happiness in the Modern World
Economics of Happiness
Liberty, Democracy, Equality and Happiness
Politics of Happiness in Action: Bhutan; UK; Local, state and international levels
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||164:00||164:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures introduce students to the key themes. The seminars allow for participation by students in clarifying and exploring key ideas and issues. These help to develop critical-analytical and oral communication skills. Essays help to develop critical-analytical skills and written communication skills. Planning and organisational skills are developed throughout module, along with knowledge outcomes, which are tested in examination.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||2||A||50||Essay style examination|
|Essay||2||M||50||2000 word essay|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination will assess the students’ knowledge and understanding of material covered in the module. The essay will provide an opportunity for students to explore one of the topics in greater depth. It will assess the student’s ability to research, synthesise, analyse, and critically examine approaches and issues covered in the module.
- Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk