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Undergraduate Course: Homeless and Inclusion Health: Global Challenges; Local Perspectives (NUST10051)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis undergraduate course aims to develop in students an understanding of the global context of homelessness and to apply it to the health and wellbeing experience of the individual at local level. It is anticipated that this course will be of interest to students from a wide range of different disciplines, including medicine, nursing, social sciences, allied health professions and geography, amongst others. A strength of this course is the interdisciplinary nature of the course and learning from each other.

The course builds on interdisciplinary links with the Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health, which is hosted within the School of Health in Social Science.

This course will critically engage with contemporary issues, research, theories and concepts within the sphere of homelessness and inclusion health. For example, the impacts of globalization on increasing homelessness, the diversity of people who find themselves homeless, including women, children and refugees, and the experience of homelessness from those who have lived experience.
Course description The course will be taught over 10 weeks and will consist of 10x2 hour classroom sessions and 5x2 hours of 'study circle' group journal tutorials. These 'study circle' will consist of 5-6 students and will be student led. The 'study circles' group tutorial workshops will be every second week (5x2 hours) throughout the 10 week course. Each 'study circle' will work as a journal club, where students are given a topic and relevant literature to read prior to each session, and guided questions to aid the group discussion. A different perspective on homelessness will be explored each week: social, psychological, biomedical and intersectional. These 'study circle' will be student led following detailed guidance and support from the course organiser.

This course will be taught as face-to-face delivery by a range of experts from within the University of Edinburgh and also external health and social care practitioners. Experts by Experience will also be invited to contribute their personal experiences of homelessness and health to the course. Students are expected to engage with their learning through group discussions, lectures, reading relevant scholarly literature and interaction with experts in the field of homelessness and health through taught sessions. Students will learn from each other through: 1) engagement with the 'study circle'; 2) through interactions with Experts by Experience, lecturers and experts in health care practice; and, 3) through reviewing the scholarly literature.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPlease be aware that although this course does not have strict pre-requisites, it is designed for students with the relevant background and interest in the subject area. Students who do not have a strong academic background in Nursing may struggle with the content of the course. If you are interested in enrolling in this course, please email us at
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical understanding of homelessness within the wider context of health inequalities and marginalization.
  2. Critical engagement with a wide range of social, psychological, biomedical and political theories and concepts of homelessness and health in a global context.
  3. An understanding of how different factors in an individual¿s life interact to create and/or maintain homelessness and its related health challenges.
  4. An understanding of how a range of data informs and supports the development of service provision for people who are homeless.
  5. An understanding of the voice and perspective of Experts by Experience as partners in health care.
Reading List
Fitzpatrick, S., Pawson, H., Bramley, G., Wilcox, S. and Watts, B., (2015) The homelessness monitor: England 2015. London: Crisis.

Fitzpatrick, S., Bramley, G., Blenkinsopp, J., Johnsen, S., Littlewood, M., Netto, G., Sosenko, F. and Watts, B., (2016) Destitution in the UK: final report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Smith, K.E., Bambra, C. and Hill, S.E. (eds) (2016) Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Smith, K.E. and Anderson, R., (2018) Understanding lay perspectives on socioeconomic health inequalities in Britain: a meta-ethnography. Sociology of health & illness, 40(1), pp.146-170.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will work on, develop and evidence the following:
· Ability to critically analyse complex health problems, drawing on relevant theory in the field of homelessness;
· Demonstrate some originality and creativity in applying theory to health and social care practice;
· Critically review and consolidate knowledge about social scientific theories of homelessness and health;
· Present formally and informally, information about specialist topics;
· Use a range of ICT applications to support assessments and in-class presentations;
· Exercise autonomy and initiative in course activities and assessment.
KeywordsHomelessness,health,inclusion,destitution,refugees,marginalization,health inequalities.
Course organiserDr Fiona Cuthill
Tel: (0131 6)50 3888
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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