Living Well: Modes of 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.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


40%: Coursework (Group submission (written))
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: