Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing (SHSS08004)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||In a globalising world, contemporary debates around health, illness and wellbeing 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: ageing health and long term conditions in a global world, refugee and migrant health, global mental health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, global digital health, and cancer.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The summative assessment will be EITHER:
A written exam (100%)
A course paper (100%)
||Formative feedback is given on a shared group written presentation.
Summative feedback is given on the exam as detailed above.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:15|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and demonstrate an appreciation of a variety of current debates and issues in global health.
- Identify the socio-political and cultural contexts of a variety of health and wellbeing issues.
- Demonstrate an awareness of different types, uses and limitations of evidence-based research methodologies in the area of health research.
- Evaluate the role of research and scholarship in knowledge production.
- 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)
|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.
|Keywords||Global health,Health research
|Course organiser||Miss Siobhan O'Connor
|Course secretary||Miss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972