Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2107: Culture and Wellbeing
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Sally Atkinson (Lecturer)
|Available via distance learning|
This module explores wellbeing and the diverse ways in which it is understood or enacted in different social and cultural contexts. While the social sciences have often traditionally tended to focus on social problems, crises and pathologies, in this module we invite thought about the good life. Discussions will be structured around a central question: how do people in different places or situations strive to live well, despite the many challenges they face? A predominantly anthropological perspective on this question will be supplemented by approaches from related disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and philosophy. Drawing on ethnographic examples, we will explore various different conceptualizations and experiences of wellbeing, with respect to a range of issues including work and creativity, affect and emotion, sociality and care.
This module is well-suited to students on interdisciplinary pathways in anthropology, sociology, philosophy and psychology.