Universität Wien FIND

240086 SE VM8 / VM3 - Global Health and Development (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work
SGU

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max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 15.10. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Tuesday 12.11. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Tuesday 26.11. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Tuesday 10.12. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Tuesday 07.01. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Tuesday 21.01. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of the course is to introduce students to contemporary literature on global health and development with a particular focus on the extent and causes of inequalities in population health between and within countries. The concepts of economic wealth and health will be explored taking historical factors into consideration. Students will have a chance to review and discuss the impact of more than US$30 billion spent annually in external development assistance for improving health.

The course consists of assigned readings (English texts), short lectures by the instructor, presentations by students and guided in-class discussions. The instructor will share her own field experiences in humanitarian and development aid.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance, written assignments and presentations.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A basic background in economics, politics and statistics is an advantage but is not a requirement. Anyone who is interested in exploring the reasons, pathways and causes of health inequality can take part. A good command of written and spoken English is required. When necessary, guidance will be given how to read and write in English effectively and efficiently.

Students will be assessed based on: regular attendance, active participation in class, short papers (<2 pages) and presentation (max. 10 min.); and 1 final/seminar paper (<20 pages).

Examination topics

The course is divided into three parts. Part I describes and documents changes in global health since the start of industrial revolution. Focuses will be on: the extent of present-day health inequalities between and within countries; and technical and methodological challenges involved in measuring population health and health inequality. Part II examines the major factors that influence population health including economic and political development and the forces associated with globalization. Part III considers whether external development assistant has been mostly helpful or possibly harmful in improving population health in low income countries and in lessening health inequalities. Malaria and HIV/AIDS will be used as case studies.

Reading list

BOOKS
Angust Deaton, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Randall M. Pakard, The Making of a Tropical Disease. Baltimore. MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

SELECTED articles

Institute of Medicine (USA), Understanding Population Health and its Determinants,? Ch. 2 in The Future of the Public Health in the 21st Century (Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine, 2002), pp. 46-95.

Thomas McKeown et al., An Interpretation of the Decline of Mortality in England and Wales during the Twentieth Century, Population Studies, vol. 29, 3 (November 1975), pp. 391-422.

Simon Szreter, The Importance of Social Intervention in Britain?s Mortality Decline. 1850-1914: a Reinterpretation of the Role of Public Health, Social History of Medicine, vol. 1, 1, pp. 1-38.

David E. Bloom & David Canning, The Health and Wealth of Nations, Science, vol. 287 (18 February 2000), pp. 1207-9.

Global Burden of Disease 2013 Collaborative, Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, Lancet, vol. 385 (10 January 2015), pp. 117-71.

Jeffrey Sachs & Pia Malaney, The economic and social burden of malaria, Nature, vol. 415 (7 February 2002), pp. 680-85.

Michael Marmot, Health in an unequal world, Lancet, vol. 336 (9th December 2006), pp. 2081-94.

Michael Murphy et al., The Widening Gap in Mortality by Educational Level in the Russian Federation, 1980-2001, American Journal of Public Health, vol. 96, 7 (July 2006), pp. 1293-99.

Association in the course directory

VM3 / VM8; MA Globalgeschichte und Global Studies, Modul Vertiefung 2

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