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Postgraduate Course: Developmental Well-being (CLPS11048)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is delivered fully online. The course aims to equip students with a deep understanding of current models of well-being across the lifespan.

Course description The term 'well-being' (psychological and psychosocial) encompasses positive elements (a person's strengths, positive emotions, environmental mastery, self-efficacy, sense of purpose, etc) as well as classical indicators of mental health and disease. Well-being is contrasted with ill-being, which is conceptualised in terms of negative affect, psychiatric co-morbidity, unhealthy behaviours, etc.

Many psychologists now believe that well-being and ill-being usually coexist. These views emphasise the importance of promoting strengths in populations with special needs and in the general population as a way of preventing the emergence of ill-being.

This course will encourage students to explore issues such as changes in well-being requirements in further stages of psychosocial development, the cross-cultural validity of the concept and the relation with social inequalities. The course will also address these debates as a basic tool for being able to deepen into applied aspects of mental health and well-being promotion.

This course is delivered fully online. Teaching takes place through a range of online-based interactive activities supported by media including video lectures, videos, e-books and journal articles and discussion boards. Students will develop a critical awareness of the factors affecting the well-being of children, young people and families.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  53
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 17/09/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group assignment (30%) and a 3,500 word essay (70%).
Feedback Formative feedback will be given on a week 6 presentation and throughout the course.

Summative feedback will be given via Learn for the Group assignment and the essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Conceptualise, analyse and present the essential theoretical models of well-being across the lifespan, among populations with different access to public services, and different cultures.
  2. Critically review the different variables associated with well-being at different development stages.
  3. Critically appraise and understand life-span theories under a positive psychological and flourishing perspective.
  4. Critically review and contextualise different identity, cognitive, relational and motivational factors involved in a positive life-span development.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others
* Technical and practical skills
* Communication, numeracy and IT skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Melina Kyranides
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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