POL1050 : Politics of Happiness
POL1050 : Politics of Happiness
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr David Walker
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
The aims in this module are to introduce and teach:
• perspectives on happiness
• how wellbeing can be promoted and maintained at individual and societal levels
• the political theory and practice relating to happiness or wellbeing
• critical consideration of political theories and practices relating to happiness
• elements of reflective learning
Outline Of Syllabus
• The Meaning of Happiness
• Actions for Happiness
• Philosophy of Happiness in the Ancient Greek World
• Economics and Happiness
• Politics and Happiness
• Measuring Happiness
• Politics of Happiness Around the World: UK; Bhutan; Ubuntu; Sumak Kawsay/Buen Vivir
• Reflective Learning
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
The intended knowledge outcomes are:
• Knowledge of perspectives on wellbeing, and activities and practices that promote it
• Awareness of reflective learning theory and practice
• Knowledge of key ideas, thinkers, schools of thought, and political practice relating to wellbeing
• An understanding of how these ideas, thinkers, schools of thought, and political practices relate or stand in relation to one another
• A critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of political ideas and practices relating to wellbeing
• An awareness of the role and significance of happiness/wellbeing in contemporary politics
Intended Skill Outcomes
The intended skill outcomes for students are to develop their critical-analytical ability, their written and oral communication skills, planning and organisational skills, and reflective learning ability.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||142:00||142:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||PiP|
|Structured Guided Learning||Lecture materials||16||0:30||8:00||Recorded, non-synchronous; personal capture (PCap) videos;|
|Structured Guided Learning||Structured research and reading activities||9||2:00||18:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||PiP|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures introduce students to the key themes, concepts, policies and practices relating to politics of wellbeing. Recorded videos will cover wellbeing activities that students can watch and carry out assignments for in own time.
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.
Coursework will help to develop critical-analytical skills, written communication skills, and reflective learning ability. Planning and organisational skills are developed throughout module, along with attainment of knowledge outcomes relating to politics of happiness and individual wellbeing.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||50||1800 word essay|
|Reflective log||1||M||50||1800 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The essay will provide an opportunity for students to explore one of the topics in greater depth, applying the theoretical knowledge covered in the first half of the module to one of the examples focused on in the second half of the module. It will assess the student’s ability to research, synthesise, analyse, and critically examine approaches and issues covered in the module.
The reflective report will cover reflective learning and individual wellbeing. The focus will be on weekly non-assessed wellbeing activities, how happiness should be characterised, and elements of the module material found interesting by students.
Past Exam Papers
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