Health and Development

Subject 121-462 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1-hour seminar each week
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Dr Hans Baer
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the relationship between health and political economic development in the world system, particularly in developing countries. It draws upon medical anthropology and health sociology in addressing issues such as the social origins of disease and suffering and health-related problems associated with development and underdevelopment, including AIDS and other infectious diseases, and global climate change, and access to health care, both in terms of national health care systems and a medical pluralism. It examines the impact of various international organizations, such as the UN, WHO, World Bank, the WTO, and the pharmaceutical industry as well that of grass-roots groups, such as NGOs, health movements, and traditional healers upon global health conditions. Finally, the subject considers social structural and socio-cultural changes that would be needed to create an equitable and healthy world system.

Assessment: A 2000 word paper worth 40% (due at end of week 6), a 2500 word research paper 50% (due one week after the end of week 12), and two 250-word abstracts of two assigned readings to be discussed in class 10%.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to engage in independent research for essay preparation using a variety of media;.

  • exercise critical judgment in written assignments and group discussion.

  • acquire research skills.


Previously available as 121-549 Health and Development. Students who have completed 121-549 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Development Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Development Studies)

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