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Undergraduate Course: Global Politics of Public Health (IPHP10002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaSocial Policy Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course aims to examine how health policy is increasingly being shaped beyond the level of the nation state, focusing on the changing roles of international organisations, the commercial sector and civil society. This course builds on the Semester 1 course in Globalisation and public health. The course examines contemporary challenges confronting the World Health Organisation, discussing the extent to which recent innovations like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the revised International Health Regulations embody a new mode of global health governance. Health policy is increasingly influenced by organisations that have been created to promote trade, and the significance of the European Union is considered alongside the involvement of the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation. A distinctive feature of recent changes has been the increased involvement of non-state actors in the development of health policy, and the course addresses the expanded roles of the commercial sector and civil society. The course also examines the implications for the recent profusion of global health partnerships such as the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  9
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Understand how globalisation is transforming the capacity of the modern state to shape health policy, with international and non-state actors assuming increasingly significant roles.
- Understand challenges confronting the World Health Organisation and assess recent attempts at institutional and policy reform.
- Understand the significance for public health of major international organisations such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation.
- Consider the expanded role of commercial actors in health governance, the challenge of regulating trans-national corporations, and the increasing significance of global partnerships between public and private sectors (e.g. The Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation).
- Consider the role of civil society organisations in global health politics.
- Effectively communicate the course's core concepts through written and oral presentations.
Assessment Information
The course will be assessed by means of an essay of 2,500-3,000 words (70% of the overall mark) and an oral presentation (30%).
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Course organiserDr Andrew Harmer
Tel: (0131 6)51 3179
Course secretaryMiss Jade Birkin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1569
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