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290020 SE Bachelorseminar aus Humangeographie: Introduction to Global Public Health (2020S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

In Englisch



max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 05.03. 08:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Donnerstag 19.03. 08:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Samstag 21.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Donnerstag 26.03. 08:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Donnerstag 23.04. 08:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Donnerstag 30.04. 08:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Donnerstag 07.05. 08:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Human history has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by infectious diseases. Among them, pandemics are large-scale outbreaks of infectious disease that can greatly increase morbidity and mortality over a wide geographic area and cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. As an introduction to the geography of health, this course will examine the factors that have specifically contributed to pandemics in the past and continue to do so. We will reflect upon case studies by looking across the past century of pandemics (Plague, Cholera, Influenza, Malaria, HIV/Aids, Ebola …).
Have we learnt from the past? Are we better prepared for the epidemics and pandemics of the future? Evidence suggests that the likelihood of pandemics has gained ground over the past century because of increased global travel and integration, urbanization, environmental transformation and climatic change.
The seminar will enable students to learn the basic knowledge of disease ecology and health geography through the understanding and exploration of key case studies.
The working methods used in the seminar will be adapted to fit e-learning activities.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The following requirements must be fulfilled in order to pass the course:
• active participation on moodle and regular submission of the portfolio
• group work including a short video, a timeline and a handout
• writing of a short term paper (~10 pages)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

In the case of valid reasons implying difficulties to take part in some of the compulsory activities (group work, submission of the portfolios, writing of the portfolio), please contact me directly.

Group work (35%) and term paper (45%) will be marked individually as well as portfolios & active participation on moodle (20%). Assignments have to be passed individually. An assignment is passed with a minimum grade of 4.

Grading scheme:
100 - 87,5 % - grade 1
87,5 - 75 % - grade 2
75 - 62,5 % - grade 3
62,5 - 50 % - grade 4
less than 50% - grade 5

A great motivation to research, read, present and discuss (in English) topics about Geography of Health & Pandemics is sought.


The examination will encompass the work items as outlined in the course requirements : the group presentation and term paper will be based on topics related to the contents of the course, i.e. theories, concepts and empirical examples of health geography.


All texts for compulsory readings can be downloaded via the Moodle platform. Additional literature research will be mandatory. For selected literature, see below:

Reference Books:
Crooks, V. A., Andrews, G. J., & Pearce, J. (2018). Routledge handbook of health geography. Routledge. (more specifically section I)
Brown, T., McLafferty, S., & Moon, G. (Eds.). (2010). A companion to health and medical geography. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. (Intro, part I, part II)
Delmelle, A. P. E., & Kanaroglou, P. (Eds.). (2015). Spatial analysis in health geography. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.. (specifically Chapter 5)
Articles :
Tacconelli, E., Carrara, E., Savoldi, A., Harbarth, S., Mendelson, M., Monnet, D. L., ... & Ouellette, M. (2018). Discovery, research, and development of new antibiotics: the WHO priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and tuberculosis. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 18(3), 318-327.
Jones, K. E., Patel, N. G., Levy, M. A., Storeygard, A., Balk, D., Gittleman, J. L., & Daszak, P. (2008). Global trends in emerging infectious diseases. Nature, 451(7181), 990.
Woolhouse, M. E. (2008). Epidemiology: emerging diseases go global. Nature, 451(7181), 898. https://www.nature.com/articles/451898a.pdf
King, D. A., Peckham, C., Waage, J. K., Brownlie, J., & Woolhouse, M. E. J. (2006). Infectious Diseases: Preparing for the Future. Science, 313(5792), 1392–1393.doi:10.1126/science.1129134

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

(BA GG 7.1) (BA UF GW 16)

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21