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: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Carol Fuller
Email: C.L.Fuller@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is designed to extend students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of health and well-being within the context of self and society but via an education lens. The health of the individual is inextricably linked to the health of the nation, not least because a healthy workforce is a productive one. The flip side is that poor health and connected lifestyles place a huge strain on national and local health services, raising interesting questions about whose responsibility health and well-being is.  In this module we will look at theories of health that focus on sociological, psycho-social and philosophical explanations and that connect to how behaviours related to these areas are learned. We will also consider the different ways that well-being can be supported both within schools and communities as well as consider notions of lifelong learning.  This module will be  assessed on the aims of the module, through a piece of writing on a topic of interest.  


  • To enable students to understand the current context of health and well-being both nationally and globally

  • To consider mechanisms that can impact on health and well-being both positively and negatively and why

  • To evaluate educational interventions within health and well-being

  • To develop an understanding of health and well-being and some of the theoretical ideas that explain how healthy lifestyles practices are learnt

  • To consider health and well-being from a multi-agency perspective

  • To develop skills in critical and reflective thinking.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • To select appropriate literature to support the development of a relevant argument which is considered critically; reflecting on the nature of health and well- being by focusing on a topic of interest

  • To present relevant key theories that help explain aspects of health and well-being within an educational context

Additional outcomes:

To recognise the importance of critical reflective thinking to make sense of everyday issues and concerns. . To develop the confidence to actively participate in further study throughout their career.

Outline content:

These are some of the questions we will consider: 

  • Whose responsibility is a person’s health? Should the NHS pay for health conditions connected to lifestyle choices?

  • What are the consequences of sports and exercise on health and well-being?

  • How is health and well-being connected?

  • How are the practices that support health and lifestyles learnt?

  • What does it mean to be healthy?< /li>

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 25
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 50
    Wider reading (directed) 50
    Advance preparation for classes 25
    Preparation for presentations 10
    Group study tasks 20
    Reflection 20
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assessment will be by a 2500 word written assignment  (80%) of the mark as well as a group presentation and all group participation in feedback to all groups (20%)


Formative assessment methods:

An option to submit a 250-essay plan is offered, on which formative feedback will be given.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres 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 (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):
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Last updated: 12 May 2021


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