Masters Modules.

Wellbeing in Politics and Policy.

There has been a dramatic rise in political interest in wellbeing over the past decade. Politicians and policy-makers in a range of contexts – national and international – have moved towards embracing wellbeing as a more comprehensive, inclusive and appropriate goal of public policy than the traditionally narrow focus on indicators of economic prosperity. This has led to the development of wellbeing frameworks that embrace indicators of subjective wellbeing (e.g. happiness), environmental and social concerns alongside economic indicators. For some these developments have the potential to transform aspects of politics and policy in the long term.

This module explores conceptual, empirical and policy-related aspects of wellbeing. You will examine competing definitions, understandings and measurements of wellbeing and related concepts such as quality of life and happiness. In doing so, you will acquire a clear understanding of how and why wellbeing has risen up political agendas, the significance of developments in policy to date and the potential for wellbeing as a political idea and guide to policy.


This module is typically taught through a varied programme of workshops, seminars and lectures over the semester.


The module is typically assessed through two pieces of individual coursework.

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