Women and Global Health

Subject 505-525 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

July, - 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours over 4 days (6 hours per day)
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional tasks, reading and preparation equivalent with the total time commitment of 96 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof Jane R.W. Fisher


Key Centre for Women's Health in Society

School of Population Health

Subject Overview: Developing and newly-industrialised countries experience wide variation in terms of history, politics, demographic transition, development and epidemiology. This subject situates women and their health in a dynamic context of development, globalization and change. It examines key health issues, primarily for women in the Region, but also in other international contexts, and explores factors which impact on health and illness through the lifespan. Gender and rights provide frameworks for analysis.

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Describe the context of women and their health in an international context
  • Discuss key health issues for women in an international context
  • Develop a gender framework for a country-specific intervention

One in-class presentation of 20 mins (20%); written paper of 1000 words (20%), due mid-semester; and one 3,000 word essay (60%) due at the end of the semester.

Prescribed Texts: Selected readings will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • critical appraisal of evidence well developed oral and written communication skills
  • well developed skills in searching bibliographic data bases and in synthesising evidence
  • an understanding analytic frameworks for addressing problems
  • planning skills
  • bility to frame and sustain an argument

Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au
Notes: This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Public Health
Master of Social Health (Health Ethics)
Master of Social Health (Interdisciplinary)
Master of Social Health (Medical Anthropology)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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