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240090 SE VM8 / VM3 - Global Health and Development (2020S)

Continuous assessment of course work
SGU

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to COVID-19, this course will be held online only. Students can chose: either to present their Seminar Paper idea via Collaborate or upload their idea on Moodle. Please check Moodle for details.

Wednesday 11.03. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 25.03. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 22.04. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 06.05. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 20.05. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 03.06. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 17.06. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 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 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 in the health sector.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance, quality of written assignments (four short assignments + seminar paper) and presentations.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A basic background in economics, politics and statistics is an advantage but is not a requirement. Backgrounds in medicine, epidemiology, psychology, nursing, social work, health sociology or medical anthropology would also be an advantage but again 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.

Examination topics

There is no exam for this course. Three topics are covered in the short assignments.

I) Changes in population 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.

2) Social determinants of health and health inequality. Major factors that influence population health including economic and political development and the forces associated with globalization.

3) Foreign aid and health: Has it helped reducing health disparities or made it worse? What are the roles of civil society organisations?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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