Person as the subject 
of life

Course unit code:

Type of course unit: optional

Level of course unit: basic

Year: second

Semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered : autumn semester

Credits: 3 ECTS

Name of lecturer(s): Ass.Prof. Marina Kubyshkina

Learning outcomes of the course unit: After the studies a student:

  • knows philosophical and psychological approaches to life study, scientific typologies of personal life;
  • has the idea of person as an active subject of life, knows the concepts of personal life world, life path, life strategy and life style;
  • knows the characteristics of subject of life, the role of personal recognized motivation (achievement and moral motives), individual mind representations, models of life and success in choosing life aims and life strategy;
  • understands and can demonstrate the importance of being the subject of life for specialists of helping professions (social workers, psychologists) and their clients, for effectiveness of their interaction either in the situation of stable or transforming society;
  • can analyze a person (his/her activity, life orientation (position), personal ideas and meanings, predominant motives) and characterize him/her as the subject of life;
  • can analyze and characterize a person as the subject of profession, social relations, family relations, the subject of self-development.
  • knows and can use the adequate methods of investigating a person as a subject of life.

Mode of delivery: face-to face

Prerequisites and co-requisites: no

Recommended optional programme components: no

Course contents: The course helps a student to understand philosophical and psychological ideas of life, personal life path and life style; it marks the characteristics of a person as the subject of life, reveals life path as: realization of a stereotype scenario or the subject`s individual and recognized choice. Students have an opportunity to reflect their own life aims and strategy, their own life meaning and the ways of personal self-actualization. Students get to know the integrative characteristics of the subject of life (self-esteem, responsibility, picture of the world), analyze and discuss the subject of life in different social, political, cultural contexts. The important part of the course is mastering a number of research methods for analyzing a person as the subject of life, profession, wide social and family relations.

Recommended or required reading

  1. Heckhausen J.,Wrosch C., Schulz R. (2010) A Motivation Theory of Life-Span Development. Psychological Review, vol.117, 1, P. 32-60.
  2. Frankl, V. E. (1984). Man‘s Search for Meaning. Revised and enlarged edition. Washington Square Press, New York, NY., .93-129, 284-306.
  3. Yetim, U (1993). Life satisfaction: A study based on the organization of personal projects. Social Indicators Research, 277-289.
  4. Bach Richard (2009) Hypnotizing Maria. Hampton Roads Publishing Company.
  5. Marshall Maria (2011) Prism of Meaning. Guide to the Fundamental Principles of Viktor E. Frankl’s Logotherapy.
  6. Veenhoven Ruut (2003) NOTIONS OF ART-OF-LIVING Introduction to this special issue
  7. Tammmelin Mea (2009) Working time and family time.
  8. Garhammer V. (2002) PACE OF LIFE AND ENJOYMENT OF LIFE / Journal of Happiness Studies 3: 217–256.
  9. Dohmen, J. (2003) Philosophers about the art-of-living / Journal of Happiness Studies, vol. 4, pp. 351-371.
  10. Sologub L.I., Aronova I.M. (2006) LIFE AND TIME
  11. Personality theories: ALFRED ADLER /
  12. Personality theories: ABRAHAM MASLOW /
  13. Representational Theories of Consciousness /Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy /

Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Introductory lectures (8 h), seminar and practical classes (6 hours), 2 individual tasks.

Assessment methods and criteria: Active participation in seminars, carriing out 2 personal tasks, final essey ; grades: A-F scale

Language of instruction: English

Work placement(s): no