The Global Politics of Health (004RA)
30 credits, Level 6
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.
30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)
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.
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 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.