Sociology of Quality of Life
Term: Fall 2010
University: Universität Bremen, Germany
Quality-of-life research emerged as an outcome of numerous within- and between-disciplinary attempts to measure and engineer social progress (an example of such endeavor would be well-known Human Development Index). The course will start with overview of social indicators (such as GDP or Life expectancy) and constructed indexes (HDI, GDI, GEM, etc) that aimed at measuring social progress. Furthermore, the course will focus on understanding of quality of life on various levels: individual (life satisfaction, happiness); community (neighborhood quality of life); and societal (social welfare). Finally, we will discuss how social policy can profit from quality-of-life research. During the course the students will gain insights how to use and interpret social indicators within the context of macro-, mezzo- and micro-levels of sociological research.
Quality of Life: Theory and Applications
Term: Spring 2016-Spring 2018
University: Uppsala University, Department of Sociology
While seemingly easy to understand, quality of life (QoL) is a complex construct. It encompasses many spheres and concepts: well-being, health, happiness, wealth, living standards. The research in the field emerged as an outcome of numerous within- and between-disciplinary attempts to measure and engineer societal progress. This course tries to disentangle the complex concepts within quality of life research by first looking at the different theoretical concepts and constructs within QoL. We will then explore the empirical interpretations of QoL by switching our attention to the commonly used indicators (e.g. gross domestic product, life expectancy) and indices (e.g. human development index). Through this we will try to touch upon concepts and indices in the variety of fields (economic, social, political, health-related), as QoL is an interdisciplinary concept. Furthermore, the course will focus on understanding quality of life at various levels: individual (life satisfaction, happiness); community (neighbourhood quality of life); and societal (social welfare).
Presentations, teaching materials and students' evaluations are available on request.