Universität Wien FIND
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140333 KU TEF B - Transdisziplinäre Entwicklungsforschung (2015S)

Introduction to Health and Development (English/German)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

The course will be conducted in English.


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Deutsch



Di/Tue 14.4. 11h-14h SG1
Di/Tue 21.4. 11h-14h SG1
Di/Tue 5.5. 11h-14h SG1
Di/Tue 19.5. 11h-14h SG 1
Di/Tue 2.6. 11h-14h SG1
Di/Tue 16.6. 11h-14h SG1
23.6. 11h-14h SG1


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Part I General introduction to health and development:
a) Introduction to Health, Illness and Disease:
To start into the topic, we will explore and trace back different understandings of and perspectives on health, illness and disease. Maor definitions and agendas on health (and health in development) will be presented and discussed.

b) Introduction to major contexts of Health in Development:
In this part, students will first look back into historical context of health in development, dealing with linkages between colonialism and western medicine. Building on this, mayor health & development approaches as well as wider political, economic and geographical dynamics of health & development will be discussed. Discourses on global health, infectious disease and public health will be in focus.

For the case of HIV/AIDS, students will identify and discuss the complex interaction of different social, political and further contextual factors in creating vulnerability.

Part II Qualitative approaches to investigating, participatory approaches to promoting health
In this part, students will be introduced via readings and practical exercises to selected qualitative methods and methodologies of investigation into health issues, which will serve as a basic experience to then look into the application of these approaches within health promotion and development aid projects.
Main public health intervention models and an example of participatory development projects on sanitation and hygiene will discussed and students have the chance to learn from a guest lecturer working on migrants’ health in Austria.

One session as well as home assignments will be used exclusively to guide students towards the writing of an individual essay on a course related topic.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance to class (1 absence)
Small written homework assignments and final essay assignment (individual: can be written in German or English and can be chosen from several given optional topics), group presentations, participation in class
As interactive methods will be used, all students will be asked to read an article or prepare group or individual homework in preparation of each session

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The course introduces students to different perspectives on and contexts of health and development in order to establish a common ground to critically analyse and discuss interrelations between health and development in context. Furthermore students are introduced to selected methods of health research and promotion within the context of development work, with the aim to allow a basic understanding and critical reflection of approaches and contexts.


Students will discuss different contexts of and perspectives on health and development based on selected articles, using different forms of group discussion, presentation and guest lecture. Research methods will be discussed in class on the basis of practical exercises in groups.


Will be announced ahead of the first session.

Selected literature (preliminary):

Aginam, Obijiofor, 2003, ‘The Nineteen Century Colonial Fingerprints on Public Health Diplomacy: A Postcolonial View’, Law, Social Justice & Global Development Journal, pp.1-12.
Armstrong, David, 1998, ‘Bodies of knowledge/knowledge of bodies’ in Janes, Colin & Porter Ray ed., Reassessing Foucault. Power, Medicine and the Body, London: Routledge, Chapter 2, pp.17-27.
Brady, Maggie., Kunitz, Stephen., and Nash, David., 1997, ’12 WHO’s DEFINITION? Australian Aborigines, conceptualizations of health and the World Health Organisation’ in Marks, Lara and Worboys, Michael, eds., Migrants, Minorities and Health – Historical and contemporary studies, London and New York: Routeldge, Chapter 12, pp.272-291.
Brown, Tim, 2011, 'Vulnerability is universal': considering the place of 'security' and 'vulnerability' within contemporary global health discourse’, Social Science & Medicine, Feb;72(3):319-26.
Davies, Sara E. (2009): Global Politics of Health. Health as a business (Chapter 7), 157-190.

Hoppe, Kirk A., 1997, ‘Lords of the fly: Colonial visions and revisions of African sleeping sickness Environments on Ugandan Lake Victoria 1906-61’, Africa 67(1), pp.86-105.
Kleinman A ed., (1980), “Culture, Health Care Systems and Clinical Reality” in Arthur Kleinman, Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture, University of California Press, London: England
Farmer, Paul, 2004, “An Anthropology of Structural Violence”, Current Anthropology, June, Vol.45. No.3. [page 305-317]
Hargreaves, Margaret K., David G. Schlundt, und Maciej S. Buchowski. 2002. „Contextual Factors Influencing the Eating Behaviours of African American Women: A Focus Group Investigation“. Ethnicity & Health 7 (3): 133–147.
Lupton, Deborah, 2012. Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body. 3rd Edition. London et al.: Sage.
Mane, Purnima, und Peter Aggleton. 2001. „Gender and HIV/AIDS: What Do Men Have to Do with It?“ Current Sociology 49 (6) (Januar 11): 23–37.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:35