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Module NHS-3211:
Global Health & Social Care

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Julianne Law

Overall aims and purpose

At a global level, there are enormous variations in the prospect of health. Different countries have adopted a range of 'mixed economies of health systems', depending on historical growth and contemporary political and economic imperatives, with consequent variations in access, quality and outcome. This module will explore a range of references to concepts of health regimes and critically evaluate differences in health and welfare outcomes at an international level in relation to a range of economic and political variables. These variables include patterns of migration, national political and economic histories, social determinants of health, environmental factors, war and conflict, human rights violations and ideological influences.

The module incorporates an informed consideration of global health issues and strategies with regard to the health of individuals and communities. It will also develop understanding of the role international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) play in the health of regional populations. The content of the module aims to prepare students wanting to work in this area with an understanding of current policies, both nationally and internationally. This module will also help students who are researching policies and outcomes for their Dissertation; with the issues and case studies covered in the module providing sound foundations and drivers for individual research and greater understanding of globalised health contexts.

Course content

  1. Measuring health & factors that influence global trends
  2. Comparing Health Systems
  3. Demographics, Populations and Human Needs
  4. Epidemiologies of Disease
  5. The World Health Organisation, Regional and National Health Challenges
  6. Millennium Development Goals
  7. Environmental Health, Climate & Natural Disasters
  8. The Health and Well-being of Children and Young People
  9. Wars, Conflict & Interpersonal Violence
  10. Gendered Health Inequalities
  11. Pollution

Seminar Subjects. Given the range and diversity of topics to be covered, rather than exclude some important discussions from the lecture programme, it is intended to cover new topics that have resonance with the lecture subjects in the seminar sessions. Suggested topics include disability, communicable diseases, human trafficking, child protection, family planning policies and health behaviours such as smoking and alcohol consumption.

Assessment Criteria

good

B+ to B- Demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of relevant material, using it to answer the question set and showing independent thinking. Good use of material from the module and other relevant information to support arguments; references are drawn on appropriately to support discussion and are presented fully and correctly in both text and references list. Some awareness of conflicting arguments and ideas and a good attempt to address them; some ability to analyse and to critically evaluate material. Sensible use of the major points with very good signposting and balance between sections with good use of written language.

threshold

D+ to D- Demonstrates some knowledge and understanding of relevant material for this module, and a limited use of it to answer the question set with little independent thinking. Limited use of material from the module and other relevant information to support arguments; most of the references are drawn on appropriately to support discussion and presented correctly in both text and references list. Limited awareness of conflicting arguments and ideas but no real attempt to address them; some limited ability to analyse and to critically evaluate material. A framework for the assignment is apparent but logical flow and coherence not always consistent with acceptable use of written language.

excellent

A* to A- Demonstrate excellent knowledge and understanding of relevant material, using it to answer the question set and showing independent thinking. Excellent use of material from the module and other relevant information to support arguments; references are drawn on appropriately to support discussion presented fully and correctly in both text and references list. Excellent awareness of conflicting arguments and ideas and a good attempt to address them; ability to analyse and to critically evaluate material. Excellent organisation of the major points with very good signposting and balance between sections with fluent use of written language.

C- to C+

C+ to C- Demonstrate adequate knowledge and understanding of relevant material, using it to answer the question set and showing independent thinking. Adequate use of material from the module and other relevant information to support arguments; references are drawn on appropriately to support discussion and are presented fully and correctly in both text and references list. Some awareness of conflicting arguments and ideas and a good attempt to address them; some ability to analyse and to critically evaluate material. Sensible use of the major points with very good signposting and balance between sections with good use of written language.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify the relationship between global agencies and frameworks, such as the World Health Organisation, and health policies and services at national, regional and local levels.

  2. Evaluate the impact of global migration and cultural diversity on the health and wellbeing of national populations in England and Wales, as well as in pan-European and other contexts.

  3. Demonstrate awareness of the differences in patterns of health and disease around the world and how these have been influenced by historical and geographical factors.

  4. Identify the diverse stakeholders who are invested in health systems and programmes, and appraise the impact they have on the health and wellbeing of populations.

  5. Describe how the health of the global population is promoted and protected by analysing how global, regional and local health systems address key economic and social determinants of health.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY ESSAY

2,000 word essay

50
EXAM Examination

The exam questions will be pre-released two weeks before the date of the exam, so that students can prepare their answers in advance. The student will answer two questions, in two hours.

50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

3 hours per week over 12 weeks (Lecture & seminar groups).

36
Private study

Lectures are supported with additional materials and resources that are available on a Blackboard site. Students are also encouraged to: use library and multi-media resources (such as the Internet, newspapers, radio, & television). Students are also encouraged to use electronic learning resources. Relevant lecture material, reading lists, and a list of relevant Internet resources are available on the course specific Blackboard site.

160
Tutorial

Tutorials/Group Discussions: These will facilitate the learning of underlying concepts, either as group or individually, either face-to-face, via email, Skype, or through other accessible formats (for example, telephone).

4

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

Understand the origins and nature of the social organisation of healthcare and associated services in developed and developing nations, globally. Evaluate the impact of difference and diversity on the incidence and experience of Health, at the global level. Analyse health and health issues, alongside health information and data that may be drawn from a wide range of disciplines. Understand the role of global organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United Nations, in prompting good health, and good health practices, all over the world.

Resources

Resource implications for students

none

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/nhs-3211.html

Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/nhs-3211.html

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