Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2085: Theories of The Good Life: From the Agora to the American Dream

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Karen Scott (Lecturer)

Available via distance learning


What is a Good Life and how can society be organised to achieve it? What are the roles of virtue, pleasure, happiness, freedom, and justice? What role should the state have in conceptualising and creating a good life for its citizens and others? What function should a vision of The Good Life play in organising society? These questions have tasked theorists for two millennia or more. In this module you will engage with these questions and learn about some key theories of The Good Life from ancient to modern times. You will also be able to assess the relevance of those ideas in relation to pressing contemporary issues such as welfare reform, financial instability and climate change.

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