Undergraduate Course: Philosophy of Well-Being (PHIL10152)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course covers well-being, a key issue in practical philosophy.
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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Morality and Value (PHIL08015)
||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-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 32,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Midterm Essay 35% 1500 words
Final Essay 60% 2500 words
Creative Project 5%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Further development of core philosophical skills in philosophy: interpreting authors, reconstructing and evaluating arguments, articulating theories, etc
- Knowledge of the main theories of well-being, and their strengths and weakness.
- Ability to write an essay on the theory of well-being which displays critical assessment along with knowledge of the literature.
- An understanding of some of the main philosophical debates and practical issues which the theory of well-being has implications for
- Confidence to give a short class presentation with the help of clear visual aids
|Suggested Reading: |
Crisp, R. Well-Being in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
Fletcher, G. The Philosophy of Well-Being: An Introduction
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Guy Fletcher
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
|Course secretary||Mr Peter Cruickshank
Tel: (131 6)50 3961