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