The Global Politics of Health (004RA)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: