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290020 SE Bachelorseminar Human Geography: Geographies of health: Why here and not there? (2019S)

Lessons from pandemics

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 15.03. 09:00 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 29.03. 09:00 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 05.04. 09:00 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 12.04. 09:00 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 03.05. 09:00 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 10.05. 09:00 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 17.05. 09:00 - 11:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II


Aims, contents and method of the course

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 include joint analyses and discussions of relevant academic materials, own research of scientific sources, in class presentation of research results, and the writing of a term paper. Cooperative methods of working will be used whenever adequate and possible.

Assessment and permitted materials

The following requirements must be fulfilled in order to pass the course:
• regular attendance and active participation during the sessions
• session preparation including writing a short essay
• in class presentation with handout
• writing of a short term paper (~10 pages)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance in at least 80% of the course sessions. In the case of illnesses that are confirmed by a doctor's note, additional absenteeism can be compensated by additional written assignments.

In class presentation (35%) and term paper (45%) will be marked individually as well as session preparation (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

No minimum requirements: Willingness to search, read, discuss and present in English topics about Geography of Health & Pandemics.

Examination topics

The examination will encompass the work items as outlined in the course requirements.

Reading list

The literature will be announced in the course.

Association in the course directory

(BA GG 7.1) (L2-b4) (L2-b-zSE) (BA UF GW 16)

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