ED3BHW-Health and Well - being: Consequences and Responsibilities

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mr Marc Jacobs

Email: m.l.jacobs@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is designed to drive forward students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of health and well-being within the context of self and society. The health of the individual is inextricably linked to the health of the nation.  The style of teaching, learning and assessment will be linked to the aims of the module, through team based learning and group outputs. The individual will not only learn about health and well -being but have the opportunity to put these ideas into practice.


  • To enable students to make a specialist contribution to the health and well- being agenda.

  • To understand the individual’s contribution to the nation’s health.

  • To develop understanding, knowledge and skills about health and well-being.

  • To develop critical and reflective thinking.

  • To contribute to the improvement agenda in society.

  • To encourage reflective practice and further study throughout a career.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • To evaluate the centrality of the individual to the creation of a healthy nation;

  • To draw reflectively and critically upon their own experience and literature about the nature of health and well- being; 

  • To analyse in relation to the key aspects of health and well-being;

  • To work as a team, contributing to and supporting others in that team;    

  • To apply the knowledge and skills practically to create a range of materials which support an aspect of health and well- being.

Additional outcomes:

To recognise the importance of critical reflective practice for professional development and be able and willing to share good practice with colleagues. To develop the confidence to actively participate in further study throughout their career.

Outline content:

These are some of the questions we will debate:

  • Do we have a responsibility to others to keep healthy?

  • Is there a link between sports, exercise and health? 

  • What does it mean to be human?

  • What would a health curriculum/policy look like?

  • Are there any philosophies of health?

  • What does it mean to be healthy?

  • What is developmental well- being?

  • Can we help others through positive psychology?

  • Is there a link between health and learning?

  • Are the education systems of different countries intrinsically beneficial or harmful to social wellbeing?

  • Can you educate for happiness?

Global context:

This is a global issue and students will be expected to consider the subject from a local, national and world view.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Demonstration 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 35
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Peer assisted learning 25
    Advance preparation for classes 25
    Preparation for tutorials 12
    Preparation for presentations 15
    Preparation for seminars 12
    Group study tasks 20
    Reflection 6
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 50
Project output other than dissertation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assessment will be by a Portfolio (50%) of the mark and a group project producing a Health Bank for use within a field of work for 50% of the mark. 


Formative assessment methods:

Throughout the module, students will complete independent study sheets to provide students with regular formative feedback on their work.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Resubmission during the summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 19 August 2019


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