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Course 2019-2020 a.y.

30497 - HEALTH AND SOCIETY

Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

CLEAM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - CLEF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - CLEACC (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - BESS-CLES (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - WBB (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - BIEF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - BIEM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - BIG (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - BEMACS (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
Course Director:
DAVID STUCKLER

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: DAVID STUCKLER


Suggested background knowledge

We assume knowledge of statistics at a basic level.


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

Introduction to global health.

CONTENT SUMMARY

Part I. Introduction to Global Health Topics. The first two sessions introduce the main debates in global health: the global burden of disease project, Primary versus Selective Health Care, horizontal versus vertical health systems, Universal Health Coverage, DALYs, and the theory of epidemiological transition.

  • Lecture 1. Course Overview and Topic Selection.
  • Lecture 2. Introduction to Global Health.
  • Lecture 3. The Global Burden of Disease. The next six sessions evaluate in more specific detail the history, epidemiology, and economics of leading sources of death and disability worldwide.
  • Lecture 4. Sick Societies: Population Risks of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases.
  • Lecture 5. HIV Epidemic.
  • Lecture 6. Tuberculosis – disease of poverty and inequality.
  • Lecture 7. Mental Health – a neglected epidemic?
  • Lecture 8. Obesity.
  • Lecture 9. Big Tobacco.

Part II. The next section of the course focuses on better understanding the wider causes of ill health and potential modifying factors. It covers different methods for measuring and mapping the scale of health inequalities across countries and over time. It also reviews the ongoing debates about whether inequality is a causative factor in health outcomes. This component of the course reviews evidence on the impacts of financial crises on health, from the Great Depression through to the recent economic downturns in Europe and North America, as well as implications for health of radical populism and fascist political movements. Finally it evaluatse the roles of health and social security systems in responding to these health determinants.

  • Lecture 10. Social determinants of health and health inequalities.
  • Lecture 11. Cultural determinants of Health: with Veronica Toffolutti.
  • Lecture 12. Income Inequality and Health: a causal link?
  • Lecture 13. Financial crises and Health.
  • Lecture 14. Political determinants of health –with Gregori Galofre-Vila The Rise of the Fascism and the Nazi Party.
  • Lecture 15. Health System Privatization, with Veronica Toffolutti.
  • Lecture 16. Case Study: Health in the context of the US New Deal, with Gregori Galofre-Vila.
  • Lecture 17. Methods session on systematic reviews.
  • Lecture 18. Universal Health Coverage and Social Protection.

Part III: Mapping key players and actors in global health. This part of the course evaluates the political economy of global health. It assesses who holds power, covering the role of the World Health Organization, Private Philanthropic Foundations and other non-state actors, International Financial Institutions, and Multi-National Corporations. It reviews debates on alternative forms of redistribution, from charity to aid to lending programmes. Finally this section evaluates the histories of engaging with commercial determinants of health and alternative regulatory systems.

  • Lecture 19. The Role of the WHO.
  • Lecture 20. Structural Adjustment Programs, the IMF and World Bank.
  • Lecture 21. Aid debates.
  • Lecture 22. The Philanthropists.
  • Lecture 23. Corporate determinants of health, Big Pharma.
  • Lecture 24. Corporate determinants of health, Big Food.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Understand core concepts, issues, and debates in global health.
  • Identify research questions and designs on global health topics.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Apply social and political science perspectives to the analysis of health problems.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
DETAILS

Guest speakers invited to accompany and contribute to the group discussion.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
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    ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Exam: 60% There is one general written exam counting for 60% of the overall grade.  
    • Presentation: 20% The presentation covers 30-40 minutes outlining the readings. It is conducted by students either alone or in a group of two. This is worth 20% of the overall grade. 
    • Project 20% The project is an applied research project which may be conducted by students working alone or also in a group of up to two persons. This project is also worth 20% of your grade. 
    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    General written exam.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Lecture slides posted after each lecture on Bboard. 
    • A complete list of readings are provided in the syllabus.
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