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Undergraduate Course: Philosophy of Well-Being (PHIL10152)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course covers well-being, a key issue in practical philosophy.
Course description Topics that might be covered include:
Theories of well-being (hedonism, desire theories, objective theories, hybrid theories); the relation between momentary and lifetime well-being; particular prudential goods (achievement, friendship etc); disability and well-being; the nature and badness of pain; prudential reasons; the well-being of children and nonhuman animals.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Morality and Value (PHIL08015)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisite. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organizer before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Philosophy courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm Essay 40% 1500 words
Final Essay 60% 2500 words
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Further development of core philosophical skills in philosophy: interpreting authors, reconstructing and evaluating arguments, articulating theories, etc
  2. Knowledge of the main theories of well-being, and their strengths and weakness.
  3. Ability to write an essay on the theory of well-being which displays critical assessment along with knowledge of the literature.
  4. An understanding of some of the main philosophical debates and practical issues which the theory of well-being has implications for
  5. Confidence to give a short class presentation with the help of clear visual aids
Reading List
Suggested Reading:

Crisp, R. Well-Being in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy

Fletcher, G. The Philosophy of Well-Being: An Introduction
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Guy Fletcher
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMs Catriona Keay
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