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Undergraduate Course: Infectious Disease and Global Governance (SCPL10035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe proposed course reflects expressed student interest in infectious disease and global health. The course will thematically integrate with existing courses on offer through the Global Public Health Unit, as well as broaden the existing course portfolio in its focus on infectious diseases. The course delivers a critical social scientific approach to the subject matter. The course has been approved by the PG Board of Studies at SCQF level 11.
The course will be offered to intercalated BMedSci Honours students at SCQF level 10 in line with CHSS regulations.
Course description The course will explore how local, national and global-level factors interlink to determine the way in which infectious diseases are experienced and handled. It emphasises the impact of enduring inequalities at each of these levels in both determining who gets sick and how events are managed. The first part of the course (weeks 1 to 3) will focus upon local-level factors such as cultural practices and social distinctions. The second part of the course (weeks 4 to 6) will examine disease management and the role of the nation-state. Issues to be discussed include the politics of border control and disease surveillance, and the linking of infectious disease with concepts of national security. The final part of the course (weeks 7 to 10) broadens the analytical gaze to the level of the global, critically examining the way in which infectious diseases are framed as a problem for global action. This will include the interrogation of concepts of globalised risk, the co-ordination of various global actors, and analysing the way in which infectious diseases are linked to ideas of sustainable global well-being and economic development. Through this, students will gain an appreciation of the complex interplay of social, political, economic and cultural factors that underpin infectious diseases in global health.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Online Activities 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Annotated bibliography: Students submit a critical evaluation of selected academic and policy sources relevant to the production of their final essay. This task encourages students to evaluate the aims, strengths, limitations and usefulness of source materials. Total of 1000 words. (25%)
2. Essay of 3000 words (75%)
Feedback Student cohort will be given formative essay and feedback information (across all GPHU courses) in week 2/3 of semester 1.
Continuous feedback during seminar sessions and Guidance and Feedback hours.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of current issues in infectious disease and global health
  2. Assess the relationship between infectious disease and socio-political structures at the local, national, and global levels
  3. Consider and analyse the role of key discourses, actors, structures and institutions that underpin the experience and management of infectious disease
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of various social scientific tools in investigating infectious diseases
  5. Identify and evaluate academic and policy literatures around infectious disease governance
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGlobal health,infectious disease,governance
Course organiserDr Sudeepa Abeysinghe
Tel: (0131 6)51 5471
Course secretaryMiss Natalie Stroud
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162
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