Course Title: Health Issues in Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Issues in Development

Credit Points: 12


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

Course Coordinator: Jose Roberto Guevara

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3046

Course Coordinator Email: roberto.guevara@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Offering Coordinator


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. 


  • 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 judgment and ethical responsibility in your professional practice in international development and humanitarian work.
  • Critically analyse, synthesize 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 Blackboard.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to use a prescribed text.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will comprise a variety of formats, including essay, learning reflections, participation and other formats.