International relations

The Global Politics of Health

Module code: 004RS
Level 6
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

Dr Anne Roemer Mahler The governance of global health problems is a rapidly expanding issue area not only in the discipline of International Relations but also in the policy world. Globalisation is driving the spread of diseases, including both infectious and lifestyle diseases, that states, international organisations and non-state actors are trying to address. This course begins by theorising the ways in which health and globalisation are becoming increasingly linked, and analyses the various economic, political, social, legal and security challenges that diseases pose for contemporary world politics and global governance. The course then evaluates different approaches to studying world politics, paying particular attention to how they conceptualise the problems posed by global health issues and explain global politics responses. This module is assessed by Assessed by a 70% 3.5K essay, 20% 1k Essay, 10% 20 minute Group presentation. We meet each week for a three hour seminar combining mini-lectures, group work, analytical exercises and open discussion.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate empirical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of how global health problems have been linked to processes of globalisation.
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of core concepts from mainstream and critical theories of International Relations to critically analyse global governance responses to contemporary global health problems.
  • Identify practical, political and moral challenges facing policymakers and practitioners addressing global health challenges.