• Universidad de Palermo

Quality of Life Studies and Public Policy

Gain an insight into the relationship between public policy and quality of life with the Universidad de Palermo.

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Learn about the relationship between quality of life and public policy

This comprehensive four-week course from the Universidad de Palermo will give you the chance to reflect on the concepts of quality of life and public policy, and examine the relationship between them.

You’ll broaden your knowledge on social citizenship and social participation, and will reflect on the role of the actors in the public policy circle.

Identify the characteristics of quality of life and of public policies

You’ll differentiate between the subjective/micro and objective/macro domains of the concept, and will determine what your take on the concept is.

You’ll then explore what public policies are - courses of action that guide a range of related actions within a given field - and will understand what the role of actors (global, regional intergovernmental and governmental) are within the public policy circle.

Decipher the meaning of social citizenship and social participation

You’ll then get to grips with the sociologist T.H.Marshall’s idea of social citizenship - or the social responsibilities that the state has to its citizens - as well as social participation - or a person’s involvement in activities that provide interaction with others in society or the community.

You’ll then recognise their relationship with quality of life, and will analyse the connection between quality of life and ultimately, satisfaction with wider democracy.

Learn from an expert in political science at the Universidad de Palermo

You’ll be guided throughout the course by professor Graciela Tonon, a doctor in political science, an author and a social worker who has been teaching quality of life studies at universities all across the globe for the past two decades.

What topics will you cover?

  • Concept and characteristics of quality of life
  • Concept and characteristics of public policies
  • Concept of social citizenship and social participation
  • Quality of life of social actors and their satisfaction with democracy
  • Role of the actors in the public policy circle

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the subjective/micro and objective/macro domains involved in the concept of quality of life.
  • Interpret the dynamic and changes in the public policy circuit.
  • Explore processes related to social citizenship and participation and recognize their relationship with quality of life.
  • Reflect on the connection between quality of life and satisfaction with democracy.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at all those who want to deepen their knowledge on quality of life and its interrelation with public policies.

This could include university students, working professionals from a wide range of different disciplines or anyone generally interested in the topic.

Who will you learn with?

Doctor Political Science-Social worker. Professor of Quality of Life and Methodology. Director Master in Social Sciences, Universidad de Palermo. Editor International Handbooks of Quality of Life.

Who developed the course?

Universidad de Palermo

The University of Palermo is recognised as being among the most innovative universities in the world.


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