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POL3122 : The Politics of Happiness (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Walker
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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
Measuring Happiness
Politics of Happiness Around the World: UK; Bhutan; Ubuntu; Sumak Kawsay/Buen Vivir

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/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.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502000 word essay
Essay1M502000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essays 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 Lists