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Postgraduate Course: Global Health: Law and Policy (LAWS11387)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a grounding in the fundamental elements of global health law and policy. It explores the form and function of global health; the social influences that can impact upon global health; and how international law and policy shape the contours of global health. This course also supports students to assess international institutions that administer global health programmes and/or respond to global health needs through international innovation and collaboration.
Course description Week 1 - Global Dimensions of Health
Week 2 - Global Health: Institutions and Instruments
Week 3 - Social Influences of Health
Week 4 - Global Health Emergencies
Week 5 - Sharing Knowledge, Experiences and Resources
Week 6 - Clinical Trials in a Global Health Context
Week 7 - Communicable Diseases
Week 8 - Non-communicable Diseases
Week 9 - Global Health, International Trade and Intellectual Property
Week 10 - The Limits of Law in Global Health
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the online learning team at
Additional Costs Students must have regular and reliable access to the internet.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative essay (60%): max 4000 words
Written problem-based assignment (40%): max 1000 words

Requirements for all course assessments will be outlined to students within the individual courses at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.

Details of the School's feedback policy will be available at the start of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories, concepts, principles, actors and policies in global health law and policy
  2. apply knowledge, skills and understanding of the foundational theories, concepts and principles to critically analyse the roles and relationships within the global health setting.
  3. develop, well-reasoned and justified arguments in response to the legal and policy issues arising in the global health context.
  4. utilise concise, effective, cross-disciplinary communication skills to interact with colleagues from different professional backgrounds.
Reading List
The textbook for this module is Lawrence O. Gostin, Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014).

A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:
1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the course, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another's arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online learning.
Keywordsglobal health,health law,international health,public health,governance,regulation
Course organiserMr Edward Dove
Tel: (0131 6)50 6320
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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