International relations

Disease, Diplomacy and Development

Module code: 004RAID
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Not yet finalised

The 21st century confronts a wide range of pressing global health challenges – from threatening pandemics like COVID-19, and endemic diseases that undermine development goals, through to increasingly risky forms of scientific research. Which are the major contemporary health challenges for sustainable development and international security? How are those intersecting health challenges governed at global level? What international political dynamics are shaping peoples’ health around the world? This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of the major global health challenges, as well as the international power dynamics shaping this field as it enters a post-COVID, post-global, and post-colonial era.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between health, development and security, especially in the international sphere.
  • Critically apply key concepts, such as ‘global’, ‘governance’, ‘security’, and ‘power’, to an inquiry of health and disease
  • Demonstrate skills in group presentational and analytical work
  • Present clear, analytical and robust analyses and arguments in both written and oral form