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PU5528: VALUES AND ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH (2022-2023)

Last modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:51


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Vikki Entwistle

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course examines 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 engages students in critical reading of academic journal articles, stimulating reflection and debate about a range of contested issues that arise in public health policy and practice. The selection of journal articles and focal issues will depend in part on topicality and student interest, but students can expect to explore concepts of autonomy, solidarity, vulnerability, responsibility, equality and justice and consider their application in diverse contexts of public health work. 


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University week39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 35, 40

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 15

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Feedback

Students are asked to write a 1600 word essay framed as an ethical argument for a particular position on a debated topic. Written feedback to individual learners; marking according to course specific rubric.

Word Count 1600
Learning Outcomes
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Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 9 Feedback Weeks 12

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Feedback

Each student gives a 12 minute presentation summarising a journal article of their choice related to values and ethics in public health. This is followed by up to 5 minutes from the audience. Peer/staff reception and questions. Brief written feedback from staff markers to individual learners; marking according to course specific rubric.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 0
Assessment Weeks 27,30,33,36 Feedback Weeks 29,31,33,35

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Feedback

Contributions to 4 discussion threads examining and debating different ethical issues in public health - 400 words.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

Short Answer

Assessment Type Formative Weighting 0
Assessment Weeks 2 Feedback Weeks 2

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Feedback

Students are asked to read a journal article and answer a series of (comprehension focussed) questions about it. Review of answers in class (written summary also provided subsequently) as lead into a more critical discussion of the author's argument and associated positions.

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Online Test

Assessment Type Formative Weighting 0
Assessment Weeks 6 Feedback Weeks 6

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Feedback

MCQs and similar questions designed to check and reinforce familiarity with key terms relating to ethical and political reasoning. 

Learning Outcomes
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Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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The method of resit for this courses will be an open book examination comprising 5 short questions (max 400 word answers each). Pass/fail grade with brief written feedback on answers.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateSummarise the key points of an academic journal article that reports ethical reasoning about a public health topic for presentation to, and critical discussion with, public health colleagues
ConceptualUnderstandIdentify main forms of ethical and political reasoning used in professional and public debates about the appropriateness of public health interventions, and explain their key strengths and limitations
ConceptualAnalyseReflect critically on different conceptions of key value concepts in public health (e.g. health, justice, autonomy, solidarity, vulnerability) and their relevance in debates about policy and practice.
ProceduralCreateFormulate and communicate a coherent justification of your own position on an ethically contested public health policy/intervention. Anticipate and respond to a likely objection to your position.

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