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Postgraduate Course: Homeless and Inclusion Health (NUST11093)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis postgraduate course aims to understand 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 the opportunity to learn from each other.

The course also 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, 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 10x2hour classroom sessions and 5x2 hours of 'study circle' group journal workshops. These 'study circles' will consist of 5-6 students and will be student led. 'study circles' will be face-to-face but on-line study circles can be arranged to fit in with working patters for external participants.

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 circles'; 2) through interactions with Experts by Experience, lecturers and experts in health care practice; and, 3) through answering questions in the presentations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course will be made available to outside students as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This course is not available to students who have undertaken the level 10 course, 'Homeless and Inclusion Health; global challenges; local solutions'.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course will be made available to outside students as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This course is not available to students who have undertaken the level 10 course, 'Homeless and Inclusion Health; global challenges; local solutions'.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critical engagement with a wide range of social, psychological, biomedical and political theories and concepts of homelessness and health in a global context.
  2. A critical understanding of the intersection of health and with other structural factors implicated with pathways into and out of homelessness.
  3. Critical knowledge of the ways that the socio-political context shapes the field of homelessness in different global contexts.
  4. An understanding of a range of epidemiological data and how it informs understandings of the health needs of people who experience homelessness and service provision.
  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;
· Develop originality and creativity to problems and issues in health and social care practice;
· Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills and thinking 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 substantial autonomy and initiative in course activities and assessment, taking responsibility for their own learning and work;
· Work in a peer relationship with others involved in homeless and inclusion health, including Experts by Experience.
Course organiserDr Fiona Cuthill
Tel: (0131 6)50 3888
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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