• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Jeremy Youde
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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The Special Topic is designed to showcase a new area of teaching for the GSIA Program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The focus of this year's special topics course is Global Health. Please disregard the above course description which is for an old special topic. We are working to have it removed.

What happens when one guy comes down with some sort of pneumonia at a hotel in Hong Kong? Under most circumstances, not much of anything. Under the right circumstances, though, this single event leads to the worldwide outbreak of SARS. When this sort of occurrence happens, no state can act on its own. The transnational spread of disease and illness necessitates international cooperation—but that can be difficult to achieve. How and under what circumstances does the international community come together to address transnational health issues? What role should national governments, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector play? Who should pay for such activities? How have states responded to health threats throughout history? These are the questions that will guide us over the course of the semester. We will draw on a wide variety of disciplines, including political science (obviously), history, public health, economics, anthropology, and others, to try and disentangle the relationships between health, politics, and the international community. The course does not assume any prior knowledge of public health or epidemiology.

By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

Demonstrate a keen understanding of the intersections between health and international relations both historically and in the contemporary era;

Appreciate the debates over how best to conceptualize this relationship and see how different analytical frames have been used at different times and for different health issues;

Describe the various actors involved in global health governance and how those actors have evolved over time;

Communicate their understanding of these themes through participation in class and various assessment exercises.

Indicative Assessment

  • Short essay, 1000 words, 20%
  • Two reading reviews, 800 to 1000 words each, 20% each
  • Long essay, 3000 words, 40%

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Global Health
4361 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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