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
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Identify appropriate research techniques and methodologies for the investigation of wellbeing
- Manage your time effectively and demonstrate your own independent research skills.
- Understand how social differentiation and inequality relate to issues of wellbeing
- Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way
- Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies concerning wellbeing
- Understand limitations of geographical research on human wellbeing and strategies for addressing such limitations.
- Critically assess the policy implications of variations in wellbeing
- Understand the relation between place and wellbeing
- 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
- 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
- Evaluate the current direction of geographical research on wellbeing
- Structure conceptual and empirical geographical material on human wellbeing into a reasoned argument.
- Analyse geographical work on wellbeing reflectively and critically.
- present effectively, both oral and written, geographical research on human wellbeing
- Demonstrate verbal communication, presentation skills
- Appreciate the interplay between the built environment, social processes and individual experience
- Use interpersonal skills in group seminar activities
- Recognize the importance of individual and group identities in debates around wellbeing
1. Introduction: Theorising place and wellbeing
2. The sick city: A historical overview of health and place
3. (Un)healthy bodies? Wellbeing, stigma and self management
4. Wellbeing, care and violence
5. Conducting your discourse analysis
6. Health inequalities
7. Spaces, health & wellbeing
8. (Un)healthy environments
9. Food environments & food insecurity
10. Course summary & revision session
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, seminars, workshops.
|Total study time||150|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External