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Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing (SHSS08004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn a globalising world, contemporary debates around health, illness and well-being are not only concerned with the individual, but include a consideration of the ways that social and political contexts shape health. This course will give an outline of the global context of health and disease and will then address a selection of health challenges by focusing on a different contemporary topic each week. These topics will change in order to keep up-to-date with changing patterns of disease and global health concerns but example topics for the course will include subject areas as diverse as: long term conditions in a global world, communicable and non-communicable diseases, organ transplantation, telemedicine and people trafficking.
Course description The complexities and contradictions of contemporary issues of health in a globalised world will be explored, and students will be encouraged to develop a critical and self-directed approach to each topic. In addition, each health issue will be approached through a different research methodology, thereby introducing the students to a variety of different research methodologies commonly used in the field of health research. By considering research questions, methods of approach and key findings in relation to each health topic, students will build knowledge of each global health topic and also of a variety of research approaches.
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 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The summative assessment will be a written exam (weighting 100%)

Eight different health related topics will be explored in weeks 4-11. Five of these topic areas will be chosen as exam questions (one question for each topic) and these five topic areas will be given to students in week 11. Students will be expected to answer three unseen exam questions from the choice of five identified exam topic areas. Each question will be equally weighted.

The formative assessment develops Learning Objective 5 and then the knowledge and skills developed in the formative assessment are explored in the summative assessment to meet Learning Objectives 1 to 4.
Feedback The formative assessment is the development of a shared group written presentation exploring one aspect of global health covered in the first 3 weeks of the course. This will be developed by each group of students through access to an online digital space (such as a Wiki, blog or similar platform as outlined by the Course Leader). This will be submitted in week 4 of the course. Feedback on the written presentation will be given in written form to each group.

Each group will also be asked to formulate a mock exam question based on their digital presentation and this will then feed in to an exam preparation classroom based session towards the end of the course. A workshop based session will be used to help the students to formulate an appropriate mock exam answer and to practice answering such a question.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:15
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and demonstrate appreciation of a variety of current debates and issues in global health.
  2. Identify the socio-political and cultural contexts of a variety of health and well-being issues.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of different types, uses and limitations of evidence-based research methodologies in the area of health research.
  4. Evaluate the role of research and scholarship in knowledge production.
  5. Show the development of skills of partnership working through the collaboration with others in exploring key topics (finding and evaluating information, sharing resources, planning and discussion, giving and receiving constructive criticism, valuing contributions)
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - To be able to undertake critical analysis and synthesis of ideas.
- To be able to convey complex information in an accessible way.
- To be able to use a range of IT applications to obtain and present data.
- To be able to exercise autonomy and initiative.
- To be able to work together as a group.
- To be able to use a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions to a range of issues.
KeywordsGlobal health,Health research
Course organiserDr Fiona Cuthill
Tel: (0131 6)50 3888
Course secretaryMiss Lee Gaedtke
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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