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210120 SE M7 b: Topics in Health Policy & Governance (2013W)


8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

Important notice: Registration for this course is mandatory as indicated in the course catalogue. If you have signed up for the course but fail to be present in the first session, you will automatically be removed from the list of participants.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 17.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 24.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 31.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 07.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 14.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 21.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 28.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 05.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 12.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 09.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 16.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 23.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 30.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Health care is considered an elementary social good in democratic welfare states, yet the ways in which health care is organized, funded, and provided differs across countries. In addition, demographic and technological developments as well as changing social demands have put health care systems under increasing pressures.
Given these distinct features of contemporary health policy, health care reforms are usually not produced by a unitary actor with adequate control over all required action resources. Rather, reforms are likely to be the result of the contextual interactions among many public and private actors, organized on different levels of the health policy system, each with their own understanding of the nature of the problem and the feasibility of particular solutions, each with their own normative preferences, and their own capabilities or action resources that may be employed to affect the outcome of actual health care reform policies.
In line with these general features of health policy and recent developments therein, this course approaches health care policies and politics as expressions of governance. Specifically, we will focus on the various concepts, theoretical models and methodological consequences of the disciplines of the political sciences and policy sciences and their relevance for analyzing and understanding health policy systems and health policy reform, as follows:

1. The context of health politics and policies in industrialized welfare states;
2. The actors involved in health policy processes; state & societal actors
3. The methodological and analytical aspects of comparative policy analysis, including more recent interpretive approaches;
4. The importance of institutional structures and policy regimes
5. The process of health policymaking and its outcomes.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation (defined as participation in discussion, weekly assignment, and poster presentation): 50%
Final course paper: 50 %
Deadline course paper: 30 January 2014

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The aim of this course is to provide students with a profound knowledge and understanding of the political, substantive and structural aspects of health care policies and policy reforms in modern welfare states. By the end of the course, students should be equipped with the conceptual and analytical tools required to address health policy in a comparative analytical perspective.
Analytical and practical skills
More specifically, the course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of various theoretical models, conceptual frameworks and their methodological consequences for the description and analysis of health care policies in the context of the welfare state. In addition, students will improve their analytical and writing skills in the course paper. Towards the end of the course, students will be able to train their skills in effective argumentation, including attention for the structure of argument, clarity of speech, contact with the audience and conciseness.

Examination topics

The course will feature a combination of brief introductory lectures and discussions. The instructor will introduce topics and guide discussions. Students are expected to actively participate in the discussion. Literature from political science, medical sociology, and ethics will be incorporated into discussions and the assignment. No special familiarity with the field of health care required, but a keen interest is assumed.
The brief introductory lectures address topics and objectives outlined below, often drawing on literature beyond the mandatory reading list. The lectures will take on a more or less interactive format and are intended to familiarize students with both established and more recently developed approaches to health policy analysis. Students are encouraged to bring in examples and questions of their own to shape the discussion. In addition, students are encouraged to follow current affairs concerning health politics and policy.
Weekly assignment: In order to facilitate a more participatory mode of instruction, students are required to submit two questions prior to each session. Each week, a selection of questions will form starting points for the discussions in the seminar based on the compulsory literature. Please send them to the instructor latest by Wednesday evening at 18.00. You may fail to do so twice. In case you fail to submit questions more than twice, you will be given the opportunity to compensate with writing an essay of 800 words (+/- 10%) on a topic that the instructor will assign to you.

Reading list

A reading list will be posted on Moodle. Readings will include (a) scientific articles and (b) book chapters.
For environmental and economical reasons, access to readings is organized as follows: The list will include DOI (stable links) to literature available online. Book chapters will be distributed separately during the first meeting.

Association in the course directory

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