|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Georgina Santos|
This module outlines major trends in demography and health in the developing and developed worlds. There is a theoretical basis to the examination of the discipline of demography, the demographic transition, and of models describing the interaction between health, fertility and mortality. Case studies of specific health issues such as HIV/AIDS, maternal mortality, famine and pharmaceutical companies will be presented to illustrate the complexity of changes in population and health and the basis of competing theoretical approaches. All of this will be explored within the context of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and with current trends in international development practice in mind.
Students should be capable of these both orally in discussion and debate, and in written form in the assessment exercises for the module.
There will be 10 two-hour lectures/seminars. Each will involve discussion, and some will include video and other audio-visual presentations relevant to the topic under consideration. The sessions are accompanied by detailed notes and guided reading. One guest speaker (Angela Gorman) will describe her current work in aid projects with mothers in African countries.
A limited number of quantitative skills and concepts will be used in discussing trends in demography and health. In addition, transferable skills explaining demographic, epidemiological and development-related concepts and methods will be utilised. These have applicability in various academic disciplines, professional settings and within contemporary political campaigns. The module will also develop an appreciation of the causes (and to an extent the consequences) of high levels of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. It is hoped that this will engender values of compassion towards the suffering of high mortality populations in both less- and more-developed countries – in particular through the input of the guest speaker. It is anticipated that students will develop a critical attitude towards the institutions and processes which are responsible for overseeing health and ill health, linked to matters of social injustice and economic inequality.
|Examination - Spring Semester||50||
Demography And Health
An initial look at the work of the United Nations and its Millennium Development Goals leads to a more detailed study of
Allen T and Thomas A (eds. 2000) Poverty and Development into the 21st century, Oxford University Press
Gray A (ed. 2001) World Health and Disease, Buckingham, Open University Press
Lappe FM et alia (1998) World Hunger: 12 myths, London, Earthscan, 2nd edition
Lee K et al (eds. 2002) Health in a Globalising World, Cambridge University Press
Sen A (1981) Poverty and Famines: an essay on entitlement and deprivation, Oxford, Clarendon Press
Sen K (ed. 2003) Restructuring Health Services: changing contexts and comparative perspectives, London, Zed Books
United Nations (2011) The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011, New York, UN
Webster C (ed. 2001) Caring for Health: history and diversity, Buckingham, Open University Press