SS1846: Environment and Well-Being

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 15, Max 20.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 1 x 6hr(s) Fieldwork (day session); 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 80hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Evaluate the role of the environment in mental and social well-being.
Module Content: Students will review the different interventions associated with social farming in areas such as nature therapy, ecotherapy, therapeutic horticulture, facilitated green exercise, and their role within 'green care'. The module will also explore the role of farms as a provision of a positive social space in contributing positively to mental and social wellbeing. Activities to promote health and wellbeing taking place in a natural environment as both passive and active interactions will also be discussed.
Teaching links to Sustainable Development Goals 3, 11, 12, 13 and 16.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain the concept of 'Green Care'.
  • Describe the different types of environmental interventions.
  • Discuss the role of nature in mental and social wellbeing.
  • Differentiate between passive and active interactions in the natural environment setting.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x Poster Presentation, 75 marks; 1 x 500 word Reflective Learning Statement, 25 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward (repeat assessment will apply only in the event of failure to achieve the 40% module pass standard overall and will be as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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