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Postgraduate Course: Planetary Health Governance (fusion on-site) (EFIE11195)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe concept of 'planetary health', defined as the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends, is an exciting emerging field of research and study. Through case studies, you will explore interconnected legal and governance challenges that have profound environmental, health and equalities impacts. You will develop skills and insights in planetary health systems thinking, and explore the opportunities and the challenges for governance frameworks at national, regional and international levels.

The course will have broad appeal to both humanities and science graduates interested in developing an understanding of law and policy relevant to key environmental and health challenges.
Course description In this course you will gain knowledge of key planetary health concepts and of governance institutions, processes and theories of change. Case studies on governance of water, land, and food will engage you with developments in global and local governance of natural resources.

Through the two-day intensive and pre- and post-intensive activity, you will be invited to research, assess, and debate case-studies and simulate evidence-based decision-making processes. You will be introduced to the key governance and decision-making frameworks relevant to this area.

Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) - On-Site Fusion Course Delivery Information:

The Edinburgh Futures Institute will teach this course in a way that enables online and on-campus students to study together. This approach (our 'fusion' teaching model) offers students flexible and inclusive ways to study, and the ability to choose whether to be on-campus or online at the level of the individual course. It also opens up ways for diverse groups of students to study together regardless of geographical location. To enable this, the course will use technologies to record and live-stream student and staff participation during their teaching and learning activities.

Students should be aware that:
- Classrooms used in this course will have additional technology in place: students might not be able to sit in areas away from microphones or outside the field of view of all cameras.
- Unless the lecturer or tutor indicates otherwise you should assume the session is being recorded.

As part of your course, you will need access to a personal computing device. Unless otherwise stated activities will be web browser based and as a minimum we recommend a device with a physical keyboard and screen that can access the internet.
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 80 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:

The course will be assessed by means of the following assessment components:

1) 2500 Word Individual Essay (100%)

The aim of this exercise is to demonstrate understanding of key concepts and theories of Planetary Health Governance. The essay will be linked to the role-play from Intensive Day 2.

This assessment will be due 2 weeks after the intensive.
Feedback Students will receive detailed feedback on formative and summative assessments against the marking criteria, and peer and tutor feedback during the scheduled sessions.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal concepts and theories of planetary health governance.
  2. Apply critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of methods and policy frameworks of planetary health governance.
  3. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding using key methods and sources of decision-making relevant to planetary health, and understand how to effect change.
Reading List
Essential Reading:

Lawrence O Gostin (et al). 2019. 'The legal determinants of health: harnessing the power of law for global health and sustainable developments.' Lancet; 393: 1857-910.

Bryan P. Thomas and Lawrence O. Gostin. 2013. 'Tackling the Global NCD Crisis: Innovations in Law and Governance.' Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 1205.

Recommended Reading:

Jennifer Cole. 2019. Planetary Health (textbook), CABI pubs.

Jean-Frederic Morin & Amandine Orsini (eds). 2020. Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance.

Eduardo Missoni et al (eds). 2019. Global Health Governance and Policy: An Introduction. Routledge pubs.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPlanetary Health,Governance,Policy,Public Health,Environment,Planetary Boundaries,Climate Change
Course organiserDr Kirsteen Shields
Course secretaryMiss Yasmine Lewis
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