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Postgraduate Course: Nursing and Global Health Policy: developing your political leadership (online) (NUST11104)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to provide an understanding and consideration of the role and influence the nursing profession and the individual nurse can have on global health policy, through the growth of political leadership. This will develop the capacity and skills of individuals to reflect on their own personal and professional development to enable and affect change.
Course description In contemporary health care and policy, nursing has the opportunity to influence and lead change. This course will draw on a range of leadership theories and approaches and apply these to the political sphere of nursing.

Through Case Studies, students will be exposed to the role and influence of nursing political leadership on health-related policies linked to the initiation, development, influence and provision of diverse health care and programmes across the world. In addition, practical skills will be developed to enable students to 'read' the policy environment; identify targets for influence and develop and mobilise resources that lead the case for policy change. Together this will enable students to develop their political leadership, awareness and presence.

The course will be taught over 10 weeks and will consist of 10 x 2hour online classroom sessions incorporating a Virtual Internship (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10). There will also be 10 x 1 hour Skills/Techniques Development Groups and will be student led with specific guidance focusing on a skill identified from classroom sessions. The Virtual Internship, will involve students having the opportunity to engage with local/global stakeholder organisations and nurse leaders on a topic related to political leadership. This element will be facilitated by an academic and the use of An Audience with Case Studies from the Virtual Internships.

This course will be taught online.
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:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Assignment (70%) [2,500 words]

Individual Presentation (30%)
Feedback The formative will be a review of a policy brief for discussion via Pebble pad or similar platform during Week 4 to enable students to engage online. Full verbal/written feedback will be provided to students and posted on LEARN for the students.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical understanding of the concept of contemporary political leadership in nursing, in relation to influencing and shaping global health policy.
  2. Critical knowledge of the relationship between the advocacy process and policy change.
  3. An understanding of the personal and professional development required for networking and coalition building for effective advocacy.
  4. An understanding of the effective strategies for creating and sustaining policy change in different cultural contexts.
  5. A critical understanding of the use of a variety of evidence to shape, influence and inform the political and health policy landscape.
Reading List
1. Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care (2020) Mason,DJ et al. Elsevier. St Louis.
2. Understanding public policy: Theories and issues (2019) Cairney P. Macmillan Education UK. London
3. The Leadership Capital Index: A new perspective on political leadership (2017) Oxford University Press. Oxford.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will work on, develop and evidence the following:
Knowledge, skills and understanding of core concepts, models and frameworks to promote life long learning, reflection and integration of knowledge and experience over time;
Ability to harness their talents and creativity to maximize opportunities to advance political leadership in nursing;
Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills and thinking about health policy theory and influence;
Present formally and informally, information about specialist topics;
Use and mastery of a range of Information Communications Technology applications to enhance learning and communications;
Ability to connect academic knowledge to real work challenges and to question, reflect on and understand what, why and how long you are learning;
Work in a peer relationship with others global stakeholders involved in nurse leadership and global health policy.
Course organiserDr Aisha Holloway
Tel: (0131 6)51 1525
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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