Global Health: Development, Security and Inequality (967M1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The COVID pandemic marks a turning point in how health issues are addressed in international relations. We have entered a post-COVID, post-global, and post-colonial era.

You will examine this turning point through a historical and political analysis of health in international relations. You’ll trace the rise of ‘global health’ in the context of the post-Cold War period, which was dominated (culturally, economically, militarily and technologically) by the only remaining superpower, the U.S.

You’ll then explore how tensions emerged in ‘global health’ with the rise of other large powers, such as China, India and Russia, growing nationalism, and movements to decolonise ‘global health’.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


10%: Coursework (Group presentation)
90%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.