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GD204 - Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development

  • Module code: GD204
  • Module name: Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module examines, in depth, the ways in which our bodies relate to various forms of development. We study the impact of ageing populations on the sustainable development agenda; we delve into the complex factors that result in the interdependence of health and development; and we analyse critically the UN’s vision for Goal 3 (Good health and well-being).

Principal learning outcomes

The module is structured around 3 areas of intellectual enquiry: 1.Health and Sustainable Development 2.Population Ageing and Sustainable Development 3.Gendered Bodies and Development We examine these areas by responding to a set of provocations around national and global concerns: How does our society allocate responsibility for Health? ◾Is there equal access to healthcare? ◾Are there continued inequalities in health status? What has exacerbated / diminished this? ◾Does healthcare have a more social focus (e.g. care)? ◾How is society sharing responsibility for health care (e.g. among families, communities etc)? ◾Is healthcare focused on prevention or cure? ◾Do people manage their own healthcare treatment and diagnosis, instead of medical practitioners? ◾Who owns your health information? ◾Are food and nutrition a more integrated part of healthcare? ◾Is the use of the natural environment more integrated into healthcare prevention and cure? ◾Does the public trust new health developments? ◾What is the general social attitude to older people? What are the demands of older people? ◾Has there been a fall-off in immunisation? What are the major global concerns around Ageing and Development? ◾Population ageing is a phenomenon that results from declines in fertility as well as increases in longevity, two trends that are usually associated with social and economic development ◾Most of the projected growth of the older population will take place in the global South ◾The older population is and will remain predominantly female ◾As people age, they rely on various sources of financial support: labour income, assets, their families and public programmes ◾Health care systems must adapt to meet the changing needs of an ageing population To what extent will SDG 3 respond to national and global concerns? ◾“SDG 3 aspires to ensure health and well-being for all, including a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030”. ◾SDG 3 “aims to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines for all.” We will also undertake practical, scenario-based activities examining the NHS’s "Fit for the Future” strategic document which attempts to illustrate the impact that climate change may have on our National Health Service.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x weekly 2 hour seminar for 20 weeks (30 CATS variant) plus occasional guest lectures 1 x weekly 2 hour seminar for 10 weeks (15 CATS variant) plus guest lecture

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/schoolforcross-facultystudies/gsd/currentstudents/modules/bodiesageinghealth/

Other essential notes

This module is available at 30 CATS and at 15 CATS in both terms 1 and 2. It is not available to students outside of Global Sustainable Development apart from those part year students visiting in term 2 from one of GSD's partner institutions.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD204-15)
A (Assessed work only) Case Study Analysis 1 - 1500 words (Term 1 variant) 50%
  Essay - 2000 words (Term 1 variant) 50%
A1 (Assessed work only) Case Study Analysis 1 (2000 words) 20%
  Case Study Analysis 2 (2000 words) 30%
  Research Paper (4000 words) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%
30 CATS (Module code: GD204-30)
A (Assessed work only) Case Study Analysis 1 - 1500 words (Term 1 variant) 50%
  Essay - 2000 words (Term 1 variant) 50%
A1 (Assessed work only) Case Study Analysis 1 (2000 words) 20%
  Case Study Analysis 2 (2000 words) 30%
  Research Paper (4000 words) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development (C1L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Psychology and Global Sustainable Development (C8L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development (L1L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development (L2L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Global Sustainable Development (L3L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Global Sustainable Development (L8A1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Global Sustainable Development and Business (L8N1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Global Sustainable Development (V1L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development (V5L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Theatre and Performance Studies and Global Sustainable Development (W4L8) - Year 2
Optional

N/A