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ANTH8032 – Global Health

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Siobhan Irving
Lisa Wynn
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MDevStud or MPH or 30cp at 8000 level or above or (ANTH816 or ANTH8016)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Global health recognises a holistic understanding of health that transcends borders and encompasses the links and transnational movements of people, materials and ideas. To affect change at the individual, community and global levels, we need to appreciate how human biology and health are shaped by the larger contexts in which they are embedded and the dynamic and uneven circulation of resources, technology, culture, values and people. In this unit, we will examine the role of social, political-economic and environmental forces that shape the patterning and the distribution of disease and health across communities and take a critical perspective when examining the underlying value systems in biomedical science, policy, health interventions, and global health practice. This unit offers a framework for understanding the complex ways that health and disease intersect within a range of global contexts, institutions and practices.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Synthesise the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • ULO2: Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations.
  • ULO3: Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level.
  • ULO4: Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations.
  • ULO5: Describe the particular health needs of vulnerable populations.
  • ULO6: Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non-governmental organizations, and major funders in global health.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Research essay 40% No 23:59, 5/11/21
Participation and reading response 20% No 23:59, Tuesday, weekly from Wk2
Short answer essays 30% No 23:59, 27/09/21
Presentation 10% No Weeks 12 and 13

Research essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: 23:59, 5/11/21
Weighting: 40%

Research essay exploring a chosen topic from the course material


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Synthesise the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations.
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level.
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations.
  • Describe the particular health needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non-governmental organizations, and major funders in global health.

Participation and reading response

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 24 hours
Due: 23:59, Tuesday, weekly from Wk2
Weighting: 20%

Completion of weekly reading summary and active participation in weekly seminars


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Synthesise the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations.
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level.
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations.
  • Describe the particular health needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non-governmental organizations, and major funders in global health.

Short answer essays

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 23:59, 27/09/21
Weighting: 30%

A take-home short answer exam on key concepts


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Synthesise the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations.
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level.
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations.

Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Weeks 12 and 13
Weighting: 10%

Short presentation of research topic for main essay


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Synthesise the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non-governmental organizations, and major funders in global health.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Lectures: Every week, a lecture will be delivered as part of the seminar.  Check iLearn for information on whether the lecture will be delivered on campus or online over Zoom.  Lectures are always interactive with student participation, so please join us if you can!  However, it will be recorded so if you cannot watch the lecture synchronously, you can catch up on the lecture recording later. 

Readings: Each week (starting from Week 2) you are expected to do the weekly readings and write a short summary before the tutorial (see iLearn for detailed assessment information).  The lecture readings will be available via Leganto, through iLearn and are all available from the library website.  If you can't find a reading, e-mail the library (lib.reserve@mq.edu.au) or the unit lecturer and administrator (siobhan.irving@mq.edu.au) so that we can make sure it's available online.

Assessment submission: All written assessments will be submitted online via iLearn; your oral presentation will be during tutorial. See iLearn for details.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.