Global Change and Public Health

Course code SOCA3280Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course explores how different dimensions of globalisation influence the making of international health. The uneven nature of many globalisation processes (such as the transnationalisation of: market/corporate capitalism, post-welfare policies, new technologies, population movements, consumerist cultural values and attitudes, financial crisis, food and environments insecurities, as well ethnic conflicts and violence) will be analysed in terms of their consequences for public health in different social contexts. The course will help students to develop a better understanding of the major challenges of our globalizing world to health and well-being in 21 Century and the roles that different agents/bodies play in dealing with global health problems.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of social science approaches to international/global health.
2. An understanding of the social, economic, political and cultural factors involved in the creation, reproduction and perpetuation of health problems at the global level.
3. Skills in critically reading, analysing and evaluating international health literature through employing a global justice perspective.
4. Social science analytical skills through a cross-societal and critical study of international health issues.
ContentThis course provides students with an opportunity to broaden their views by adopting a global/international scope in their inquiry into the main social, cultural, economic and political determinants of public health. The course will focus specifically on global inequalities (both within and between societies) and the ways in which public health issues can be solved through developing and applying a global justice view. Substantive topics may be drawn from a range of areas including: theoretical approaches to health and development; gender/caste/class and health inequalities; poverty and population problems; HIV/AIDS in Africa; geographically-specific health concerns; civil conflicts and their impacts on health and well-being; recent bio-technological advancements such as GM food production, nano-technologies, etc.; and, international health policies. Topics are likely to include:
1. Global health: past trends and present challenges, key concepts, key issues;
2. Globalisation and public health; theoretical frameworks and perspectives;
3. Globalisation of health concerns, environmental hazards, risks and diseases (communicable and non-communicable);
4. Global health and global inequalities (transnational class, income, food and energy security);
5. Global health, gender and age;
6. Global health, transnational population movements, and ethnicity;
7. Global health and the commercialisation of medication, corporate capitalism, market economy, and free trade;
8. Global health and the globalisation of new technologies;
9. Global health and the globalisation of post-welfare (neo-liberal) policies;
10. Global health and global players (international development and health programs and international Organisations such as WHO, INGOs, social movements);
11. Towards a Global Justice and Human Rights approach to international public health;
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of study at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor essay, 2500 words due at the end of semester 60%
Presentations - GroupCase study - twenty minutes - 15%
Presentations - GroupPresentation report both hardcopy and online publication into a weblog; 1500 words, due one week after presentation - 25%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term