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GEOG2027 Geographies of Wellbeing

Module Overview

Wellbeing is central to societal coherence and development. Individuals and communities seek to maximise their wellbeing with regard to such factors as health, wealth, shelter, safety and relationships. Governmental and other policy often focuses on the protection or enhancement of collective wellbeing. This module considers ways in which human wellbeing is produced and constructed, and the ways in which it varies spatially.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

By the end of the module students should be able to: evaluate the current direction of geographical research on wellbeing; understand the historical relation between place and wellbeing; understand how social differentiation and inequality relate to issues of wellbeing; critically assess the policy implications of variations in wellbeing; appreciate the interplay between the built environment, social processes and individual experience; recognise the importance of individual and group identities in debates around wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the current direction of geographical research on wellbeing
  • Manage your time effectively and demonstrate your own independent research skills.
  • Demonstrate verbal communication, presentation skills
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of issues surrounding the collection of 'data' of various types that are relevant to the study of the geography of human wellbeing
  • Understand limitations of geographical research on human wellbeing and strategies for addressing such limitations.
  • present effectively, both oral and written, geographical research on human wellbeing
  • Identify appropriate research techniques and methodologies for the investigation of wellbeing
  • Analyse geographical work on wellbeing reflectively and critically.
  • Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies concerning wellbeing
  • Structure conceptual and empirical geographical material on human wellbeing into a reasoned argument.
  • Understand the relation between place and wellbeing
  • Appreciate the interplay between the built environment, social processes and individual experience
  • Understand how social differentiation and inequality relate to issues of wellbeing
  • Use interpersonal skills in group seminar activities
  • Recognize the importance of individual and group identities in debates around wellbeing
  • Critically assess the policy implications of variations in wellbeing
  • Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way
  • Present data clearly, and demonstrate an ability to synthesise and analyse a number of different sources
  • Marshall and retrieve material from library and internet resources

Syllabus

1. Introduction: Theorising place and wellbeing 2. Healthy Cities 3. (Un)healthy bodies? Wellbeing, stigma and self management 4. Wellbeing & Care 5. Conducting your coursework 6. Inequalities in Health & Wellbeing 7. Hypotheses of Inequality 8. Vulnerable Groups 1: Immigrant & Indigenous Health 9. Vulnerable Groups 2: LGBT Health 10. Therapeutic Landscapes and Medical Tourism 11. Course summary & revision session

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, workshops.

TypeHours
Teaching30
Independent Study120
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 50%
Exam  (120 minutes) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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