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UV9914H3 – Well-being, Wisdom and Education

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Course content

What is a fulfilled, happy or flourishing human life? This question – with related concerns about ‘wellbeing’ and ‘quality of life’ – has come to loom large across several disciplines over the past two decades, thereby reigniting interest in ancient philosophical and wisdom traditions in which it was of overriding concern, and spurring a renewed engagement with it among philosophers, not least in the analytical tradition.

Learning outcome

In the first part of this course we will introduce some influential contributions to the discussion of well-being developed within psychology and economics, and identify insights from classical philosophy that have been revived in some of this discussion.

In the second part of the course, we will introduce some recent conceptual work in categorizing theories of well-being, and analyze some of the key issues at stake in theorizing it (concerning, e.g. deprivation, alienation, autonomy – and whether or not it is at all an attainable or even desirable aim for human beings).


PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority, but it is also possible for others to apply for the course. Applicants must have at least a Master's degree.

Candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through Studentweb

Other applicants may apply using this application form

Registration deadline: October 1, 2014


Open lectures and seminars.

This is an intensive course over two days, each with 7 hours of lectures, totaling 14 hours.

You will find the timetable and literature on the semester webpage for this course.


To obtain 1 study point 80% attendance in the course is required.

To obtain 3 study points participants need to submit a paper (5-7 pages, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1,5).

Papers are to be submitted electronically to Tone Kvernbekk ( with a copy to Olga Mukhina (

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Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Autumn 2014

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