University of Sussex Business School

The Global Politics of Health (004RA)

The Global Politics of Health

Module 004RA

Module details for 2019/20.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Dr Anne Roemer-Mahler

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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.

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.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT1 Week 11 (10 minutes)33.00%
EssayT1 Week 7 67.00%
Essay (3500 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:0070.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar3 hours11111111111

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The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Anne Roemer-Mahler

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Melanie Richter-Montpetit

Assess convenor

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