- Department: History
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Joseph Mujere
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
This module studies the history and politics of global health, examining its complex links with international and national health policies. The constituent seminars historicize the many factors influencing the development, running and evaluation of these initiatives in different national settings in Asia, Africa, Latin America and, not least, Europe. Sessions will examine attitudes and administrative realities within various global and international organisations based within Europe and the Americas and their offices within the different national capitals. Most importantly, we will also assess practice within diverse field contexts, where policies were often recast in response to a variety of social, economic and political expectations and challenges.
Rather than reiterating the widely held assumption that global health programmes were implemented top-down, after being advocated by organisations linked to the industrialised ‘north’ on the ‘global south’, this set of seminars will underline the usefulness of studying the history of the many complexities of project implementation in a diversity of locales. In this way, this module will describe the complex links between international health and development organisations, national governments and local administrative structures, and privately and publicly-run service providers. The seminars will also examine the role of the target populations in determining the final shape of health campaigns. This module will involve discussions about cutting edge methodologies, not least the use and interpretation of a range of primary materials, including unpublished documents, documentary films and oral interviews. This discussion of historiographical and methodological issues will allow an examination of links between academia, bodies claiming to provide independent policy assessment, and those involved in designing public health advocacy projects. This module will provide in-depth training in how a very specific form of historical research and analysis can feed productively into health policy at all levels of governance.
|A||Autumn Term 2022-23|
This module aims to:
Develop skills of source analysis and interpretation;
Assess a range of source material and relevant secondary works; and
Develop students’ powers of evidence-based historical argument, both orally and in writing.
After completing this module students should have:
Be familiar with the key themes in a historical literature that looks at developments in international and global health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Be able to problematize and historicize primary materials relating to international and global health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Understand how historians of health, medicine and science have engaged with - and have sought to influence - international and global health policy in the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries
Students will attend eight weekly two-hour seminars in weeks 2-9.
Seminar topics are subject to variation, but are likely to include the following:
The rise of tropical medicine in imperial and non-imperial contexts
The rise of the Rockefeller Foundation and the League of Nations
The birth of the United Nations and the formation of the World Health Organization
The worldwide malaria eradication programme
The global smallpox eradication programme
The global primary healthcare mission and the production of universal health coverage
The rise of new epidemic disease emergencies, such as AIDS
Globalization and the rise of ‘global’ health
|Task||Length||% of module mark|
4,000 word essay
Students will complete a 2,000-word formative essay, due in week 6 of Autumn term. They will then submit a 4,000-word assessed essay for summative assessment in week 2 of Spring term.
For further details about assessed work, students should refer to the Taught Masters Degrees Statement of Assessment.
|Task||Length||% of module mark|
4,000 word essay
Following their formative assessment, students will receive oral feedback at a one-to-one meeting with their tutor and written feedback consisting of comments and a mark within 10 working days of submission. Tutors are also available in their student hours to discuss formative assessment. For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.
For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.
For term time reading, please refer to the module VLE site. Before the course starts, we encourage you to look at the following items of preliminary reading: