This core unit for the Master of Global Health will give students insight into historical and contemporary issues in global health. The unit begins with a chronology of transformations in global health (from mid-twentieth century to present), by looking at global health as a system of individual and organisational actors on a quest for equity in health outcomes globally. The unit then explores the place of ethics and culture, and of measurement and metrics in global health. Designed as an introduction to contemporary debates in global health and development, students will engage actively and critically in discussions on the role of trade/capitalism, democracy/freedom, foreign aid/local initiative, securitisation/altruism, technological/social determinants of health et cetera ¿ in creating and/or addressing inequities in global health. The unit will provide students with a broad but deep appreciation for big question and ideas, concepts and theories in global health, international relations, political economy, and development economics.
1x3hr seminar per week for 13 weeks, 1x1day group presentations
1x1500 word assignment (25%), 1x asynchronized debate presentation and participation for online and face-to-face students (25%), 1x2500 word assignment (40%), assessable tutorial discussion (10%)
Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site
MIPH5131 or MIPH5132