Course Title: Health Issues in Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Issues in Development

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2072

City Campus

Postgraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

HUSO2072

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007

HUSO2072

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Summer2017

HUSO2072

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Debbi Long

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3788

Course Coordinator Email: debbi.long@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.04a

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Global health is a rapidly moving field. Changes in medical science, biotechnology, politics, engineering, funding models, disease mutation, climate, conflict, food supplies and health care organisation all impact on the dynamic field that is health development. This course introduces key concepts in cross cultural human health, key debates in global health development, and key skills pertinent to being able to critically analyse and evaluate global health development initiatives. Guest speakers with expertise in a number of health development areas will present latest critiques and examples of best practice, and case studies will explore health development in a wide range of global contexts.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course it is envisaged that you will have developed a critical understanding of key debates about health and development; developed a critical understanding of the implications of current health debates for an understanding of major social, political and economic transformations in developing countries; developed a critical understanding of health policy in developing countries; developed skills in relating theoretical perspectives and debates to practice and policy issues and dilemmas; developed the capacity to recognise the ways in which diverse theoretical perspectives lead to alternative and competing possibilities for analysis and action, and developed skills in the preparation of critical oral and written argument appropriate for studies at postgraduate level. 


Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on socio-cultural diversity and values, world systems and the benefits of local and global development practices for communities engaged in development processes.
  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgement and ethical responsibility in your professional practice in international development and humanitarian work.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on personal awareness and lived experience, theories and practices of development, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline.
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes relating to international development and humanitarian responses to address specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Provide leadership within your discipline as well as collaborate with others.
  • Critically reflect on the causes and impacts of poverty in global contexts and evaluate the theories and practice of development institutions.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to engage in a variety of lectures, tutorials, guest lectures, small group discussions and workshops in the intensive teaching week. You will have access to a variety of other learning resources through Canvas.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

  • Face to face: If you enrol in the face to face version of this course, you will have access to workshops, readings and online materials and resources.
  • Online: If you enrol in the online version you will be able to access a range of online learning tools and resources available via myRMIT/studies.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 
Assessment tasks are designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of key concepts, themes and debates appropriate for studies at postgraduate level and relevant to development practitioners. Assessment may include classroom seminar presentations and/or discussions, case study reflections, essay and reports, individually and in groups. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
 

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment