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Teaching Quality of Life and the Capability Approach

  • Paul AnandEmail author
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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 79)

Abstract

The chapter offers an overview of ways in which capability approach can contribute to the teaching of quality of life. A brief survey of some its key distinctive features is followed by some suggested areas where CA research sheds light on what quality of life requires. The chapter suggests such research is particularly useful for discussing the role of opportunities, freedoms and constraints on the quality of life that individuals achieve and experience. In addition, it highlights potential contributions to quality of life teaching by virtue of a capacity to connect structural social and economic drivers to quality of life outcomes. A number of papers are identified that could, individually or collectively, be useful references on graduate and undergraduate courses relating either to quality of life in a range of disciplines or to courses on CA that engage with the approaches interest in quality of life. As a result, the chapter offers new insights into how CA can now make a systematic and transformative contribution to higher education teaching focussed on quality of life.

Keywords

Capability approach Quality of life Teaching 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Philosophy Politics Economics Development and GeographyThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Department of Social Policy and InterventionOxford UniversityOxfordUK
  3. 3.Center for Philosophy of Natural and Social SciencesLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK

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