Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Bradley Crammond (Caulfield), Ms Natasha Khamisa (South Africa)


In this unit, we ask you to think about the vast and growing inequities in health that exist across the world and the challenges for people living in developing countries. We explore their underlying causes including: globalisation, transnational trade, tourism, rapid development, social and political transitions, climate change, violence and insecurity.
Using research reports and field experience from practical projects, we examine the wider context for working in international settings as well as the issues faced by Indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees.
We explore our responsibilities as 'global citizens' and we challenge you to think about ways you could make a difference.


By the completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the place of health and its social determinants in a globalising world.
  2. Compare and contrast initiatives to address global health challenges;
  3. Identify opportunities for action and design relevant approaches to global health challenges;
  4. Identify future global health challenges and their determinants;
  5. Analyse the social determinants of global health; and
  6. Critically reflect on contemporary debates regarding globalization and health.


Formative assessment (not graded) include:
Tutorial participation: Students will participate in small group and self-directed activities across the whole semester (mid and end semester)

Summative assessments:
Group Presentation (30%)
Class test (2 hours) (30%)
Assignment (3,000 words) (40%)
Hurdle requirement: 80% attendance at tutorials

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours per week (1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial)