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Course Overview

This course challenges you to engage robustly with questions about what is good and right (and why) in public health policy and practice. You will develop your ability to critique and participate effectively in debates about what matters – and what is morally justified - in efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of communities and populations. You will develop the knowledge and confidence to identify value-based assumptions as you examine a range of real-world health problems and practice justifying and objecting to different strategies for addressing them

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Professor Vikki Entwistle

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

The course will explore the key concepts and forms of critical reasoning used to discuss the ethical and political appropriateness of efforts to address the health and wellbeing of communities and populations.  It will engage students in reflection and debate about a range of contested issues that arise in public health policy and practice (including the provision of state funding for health services).  The selection of issues will depend partly on topicality and on student interest but might include, for example: notions of responsibility in 'lifestyle', corporate and state behaviours; compulsion in the management of communicable diseases; fairness in responses to social/global inequalities in health.

Further Information & Notes

The course will be delivered in 6 one-day intensives spread across 10 weeks. Each day will include a combination of lectures and group discussions/activities. The sessions will be designed to ensure that the introduction of new conceptual/theoretical topics is interwoven with the exploration of practical topics that enable you to see their relevance, deepen your understanding of them, and develop your skills in applying them.

Students will be expected to undertake a combination of guided (specifically recommended) and student-identified (personal-interest specific) reading between the intensives.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University week s 25 - 26, 30
  • 2 Lectures during University week 28
  • 1 Lecture during University week s 32, 34

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Summative Assessments

1 one short answer exam focused on ensuring a firm grasp of key concepts and theories (10%); 1 presentation to peers, including handling of discussion questions (40%); 1 final essay of up to 2000 words (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes

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