Living Well: Exploring Self-Focus (C8852)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module approaches questions of psychological wholeness and disorder through the relation between affect and cognition. Central is theory which distinguishes between sensory and conceptual modes of self-focus. Consider the suggestion that we live in ideas which shape experience of the outer layers of life. Yet affective phenomena can unfold from deeper levels of meaning (partial versus holistic).

What does this mean for the quality of subjectivity, human relating, and emotional processing? We will explore such questions through topics including anxiety; embodiment; connectedness; dreaming; environment and cognition. This will be enlivened through dialogue and self-enquiry into the actuality of living.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: