Philosophy: Happiness and Wellbeing

Ref: C2339924

Wellbeing is now often mentioned in public debates, and a close link is assumed between wellbeing and happiness. But there is more to be explored : is it not possible for example to be happy and feel unwell at the same time, or well but unhappy ? With the help of philosophical ideas and skills, this course will look at how best to understand wellbeing – as what is good for someone ? as subjective or also objective ? - and happiness – as a state of mind ? as a life worth living ? a life well lived ? as ‘psychological prosperity’ : being treated with respects, having family and friends to rely on, learning something new, doing what you do best, choosing how your time is spent. We will conclude with a reflection on how happiness or wellbeing relate to justice or fairness.

Course aim

to provide opportunities for philosophical explorations of wellbeing and happiness

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • give at least two different definitions of wellbeing
  • give at least two different definitions of happiness
  • explain at least one definition of wellbeing in more depth, using your own examples
  • explain at least one definition of happiness in more depth, using your own examples
  • comment on how happiness or wellbeing relate to justice or fairness

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • 'homework' is encouraged but not expected

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • more advanced study sources : Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, entries 'wellbeing' and 'happiness'

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Philosophy: Happiness and Wellbeing

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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