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7011MAPA Identity and the Good Life


Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Module Title: Identity and the Good Life Module Code: 7011MAPA

Assignment Brief

Coursework Title:Coursework Number:
  Researching, Analysing, and Critiquing the “Good Life”  #1
  This assignment counts for 100% of Module Mark/Credit value of the module marks
Module Leader:Hand-in date and time:
  See Aula for ML information  6 August 2021, 18:00
Module Staff: names and email:Individual / Group assignment:
Word Count:Estimated Time (hrs.):
  n/a, see brief for details  150 hours of self-directed work
Online submission arrangement via Aula:Mark and Feedback date:
  Upload to Aula by 18:00  21 August 2021
Mark and Feedback method:
  Feedback provided through Aula

Assignment Context

Are you happy? How does one tell if we are? What does it feel like to live a ‘good life’? It must feel like happiness, for sure. But then, what is happiness? If we are not sure what it is, why do we spend our lives searching for it? Desperately seeking it hoping it will make our lives good? Nothing is worth it if you aren’t happy. I repeat my question: how do I tell if I am?

Identity and the Good Life
Identity and the Good Life

The search for happiness drives us, it is our almost exclusive motivation in life, if not the only one. We look for it everywhere: in our jobs, our friendships, are romantic relationships, even when we are scrolling through Netflix. But how are we supposed to achieve happiness when living in this world? The world does not make sense and it is definitely not always a happy place. Divided media, fake news, “alternative facts”, the rise of a frightening far-right with misogynistic, racist, classist and homophobic narratives, unemployment, skyrocketing levels of poverty, mental health related difficulties, violence. In sum, mass disappointment. The best we can aspire to is to forget about it during a short period of time. A fleeting few minutes in which we evade from this reality. And the thing is, it seems that everything right now comes packaged in short frames of time: short careers, short love relationships, short contracts, short happiness. Little happiness.

But that does not stop us from looking for this limited happiness through marriage, kids, beautiful home, lovely furniture, good car, holidays in a sunny beach, the lot. But this ‘happiness’ does not come free, in fact, we need to work our way to it – it is not given. We work zero-hour contracts for a couple of hundred a month; we watch what we eat to attain normative thin bodies hoping it will make us feel better about ourselves – or hoping photographing it will get the highest number of likes on Instagram – we exercise; we buy the prettiest clothes (and if they are branded the better…). We do this all in the hope of getting a better life, or at least projecting it, which sometimes ends up being the same.

To understand this context, we will look at a range of concepts and ways of making sense of the world.

Module Learning OutcomesAssessed in this assignment?
LO1Engage with a body of theoretical and conceptual ideas that help make sense of how we live and critically reflect on their own notions of ‘the good life’;Yes
LO2Articulate their own theoretically informed ideas, critical reflections, production of artifacts and reactions to contemporary issues, events and discourses;Yes
LO3Apply theory adaptably to a range of case studies, which will help shape student’s own independent research interests;Yes
LO4Develop cognitive-empathetic skills through self-awareness and the ability to understand how their position in the world is shaped by gender, class, race, ethnicity and sexuality;Yes
LO5Create critical and reflexive work that embodies theory and attempts to define new ways of living, thinking, feeling and acting.Yes

Marking Process and Feedback

All work will be graded first by your tutor, or another member of staff, and then subject to a moderation process. You will be assessed based on the standard to which you complete the learning objectives of the module, in tandem with the Coventry University graduate grading scale descriptions.


The ethical issues associated with this assignment brief will be covered during the module teaching and are overseen by the module staff team. The work that you will carry out on this module does not require you to obtain individual ethical clearance for your individual project. However, during discussion with your module tutor, if it is felt that individual ethical authorization is needed, you will be advised of the process and the deadline for obtaining it. If ethical authorization is not obtained by the deadline, you will not be able to proceed with the project. If you do so without clearance, the project will not be accepted for submission, will not be marked and you may face disciplinary penalties.

For full details of the University’s policy on ethics, please click here.

The CU Ethics portal can be found here.

Extensions and Mitigating Circumstances

We want you to do your best in each assessment. However, we know that sometimes events happen that are either beyond your control or not easy to predict and which mean that you will not be able to submit your coursework by the deadline. If this happens, you can apply for an extension to your deadline according to our regulations. If you need longer than the extension window, you can apply for a deferral, which takes you to the next assessment period. You must apply for an extension or a deferral before the assignment deadline.

Apply for an extension or deferral at: or by speaking in person to a member of the Registry Team.

Find information about the process and what is/is not considered to be an event beyond your control here.

Please note: under no circumstances are module staff allowed to give unofficial extensions.

Late or non-submission

You must make every effort to submit the best work possible prior to the deadline. If your assignment is submitted online please do not leave it until the last minute to submit. Aim to several hours prior the deadline, or earlier, in case you have any problems submitting.

If you fail to submit work for the module or submit an assessed piece of work late without  an agreed extension, you will receive a mark of 0% for that piece of work, even if it is only a few minutes late. You will however be eligible for a re-sit attempt at the next available assessment opportunity where, if you pass, your mark will be capped at 40%.

If you fail the resit assignment, or do not hand in any submission, you have one further resit attempt at the assignment. After a second failed/non-submitted resit attempt you will have failed the module. This may have an impact on your ability to progress on your course and/or on your final marks for your degree.

If you fail this assignment on the first submission, the resit brief for the module can be found on the module’s Aula space. Read this brief carefully and book a tutorial with the Module Leader to ensure that you are clear about what you need to do to pass the module at the next resit opportunity.

Academic Misconduct

We expect all students to act with academic integrity, which means that they will study and produce work in an open, honest and responsible manner.

Academic misconduct covers any action by a student to gain unfair advantage (e.g. extra marks) for her/himself, or for another student, in their assessed work. It not only damages your personal reputation, but also the reputation of the entire university, and it will not be tolerated at Coventry University. There are severe penalties for students who are found guilty of academic misconduct ranging from obtaining a mark of 0% for the piece of work concerned, through to exclusion from the University.

Many modules require you to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the work of others (artists, makers, practitioners, academics, designers, performers, etc.). It is vital that you make it absolutely clear when you are using work from other sources, and that you reference it clearly and correctly. If you are unsure how to reference, please refer to the CU Harvard Referencing Guide here and speak to a tutor on the module immediately.

Support for correct referencing can also be found though the Centre for Academic Writing (CAW).

For full details of what constitutes academic dishonesty and how to avoid it, please see the section in the Faculty Student Handbook, available on your course’s Aula space.

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