• Class Number 4214
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Fouzieyha Towghi
    • Dr Fouzieyha Towghi
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces the student to existing and emerging paradigms for studying the relationship among health, development, and global change, including political economy, political ecology, environmental justice, and human rights perspectives.  It will draw, in particular, on critical-interpretive literature in medical anthropology.  Selected ethnographies and case studies from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pazific will illustrate the various theoretical frameworks, with emphasis on the health effects of development. The final section of the course explores health policy and activism in the context of human rights based approaches to health.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse how changes in the global political economy, including the promotion of free trade and other neoliberal policies, are affecting health and well-being;
  2. Evaluate how livelihoods and landscapes are being altered by these policies and practices and explore the health consequences of these changes;
  3. Analyse how structural inequalities of gender, age, ethnicity, and race contribute to health disparities in the context of globalization;
  4. Explore people's agency in the context of these global changes, particularly how human rights based approaches are being used to negotiate access to better health and treatment; and
  5. Effectively apply critical reading and writing skills. 

Required Resources

All readings will be available through the course Wattle site or via an electronic book in the ANU library system. For distance students enrolled in the course, digital recording of the seminars will be made available online through the course Wattle site. Please make sure not to breach the copyright conditions of the course materials (personal and academic use only). I will also be sending emails periodically to students throughout the semester so please make sure that you are able to access your ANU email account and can check it regularly. 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

> Written feedback and comments on written work. In class oral feedback as well as written comments on the online forum page to the entire class-

> on analysis of assigned texts and any queries and confusion that may emerge pertaining to understanding the assigned readings and related concepts.

> Students are also welcome to meet the course convener during office/consultation hours to further clarify and discuss the assigned texts. 

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course syllabus and meeting each other None
2 What is Global Health? Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation
3 Critical Medical Anthropology, Representing Lives, and the Health Costs of Neoliberal Reforms Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation
4 Global Health, Global Inequality, & Legacies of Colonial Medicine Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation
5 On Childbirth and Midwives from a Postcolonial Critical Frame Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation Task3A- Essay proposal toward final project is due
6 Reimagining Global Health: Ethics, and Priorities Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation
7 The Idea of Progress and Development Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation
8 Global NGOs and Global Governance Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation. 3B- Annotated Bibliography is due.
9 Humanitarianism Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation
10 Workshop on Group Projects Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation
11 Epidemics, Pandemics, and Medical Crises Lecture Weekly reflection/ individual presentation
12 Final Group presentations Final essay/group project is due Presentation of Group Projects

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Crtical Reflection/Summary (15%) 15 % 05/03/2019 28/05/2019 1, 5
Participation (10%) 10 % 05/03/2019 28/05/2019 5
A. Research Project Essay Proposal, 600 words (10%) 10 % 26/03/2019 02/04/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
B. Annotated Bibliography, 1000 words (15%) 15 % 30/04/2019 07/05/2019 1, 2,, 3, 4
C. Research Project final essay, 3500 words (40%) 40 % 28/05/2019 12/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Conference Style Presentation, 10 minutes, with powerpoint summary (10%) 10 % 28/05/2019 12/06/2019 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Assigned readings for this course have been carefully selected for each thematic session. It is expected that students complete all the assigned readings for the designated week before attending class. It is in your interest to invest time and effort into the readings and attend all scheduled classes in order to receive the maximum benefit of taking this course. Please make sure not to breach the copyright conditions of the course materials (personal and academic use only). There is no guarantee that the class room recording system is consistently functional. I encourage you to avoid missing class as much as it is in your hands to do so. Also, connect with another student in class who can share her or his lecture notes if you must miss a class session.

Your active participation in the class is highly encouraged and crucial to having an engaged and lively class. You are expected to come prepared for interaction. Each student’s contribution will enrich our time together so please do your part. All the readings are available via the wattle course site. It is your responsibility to download the readings and bring them to class for further discussion. 

Each week, as we move along and where relevant, I will highlight key concepts for you to reflect upon. Together we will discuss these concepts and link them to the readings. By keeping up with assigned readings and regularly attending class, you will be able to gain a much deeper understanding of the concepts. You will be able to engage these concepts and the ideas from the course material accurately and more effectively in your analysis of your chosen topic for your final research project. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 05/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 5

Crtical Reflection/Summary (15%)

A student discussion forum is set up on the course wattle site. All students are required to submit entries to this discussion board. On campus students will submit 3 entries for 3 different weeks. On the day you do not submit your critical reflection you are required to submit 2 well formulated questions related to the assigned readings for our class discussion. For on campus and online students, the week that you are presenting is not eligible as one of your required critical reflections. There are discussion areas set up for each week so please make sure you post in the correct designated area. All entries must be posted by 2 pm before the class session on Tuesday. This allows the other students time to read your posting before the start of our seminar. Do NOT upload a word or pdf file as your posting, the posting should be typed in the forum or cut and pasted into the forum.

An entry should be at least 300 words and can consist of questions generated from your reading of the material for that particular week, a focused analysis of a specific or overarching argument made by each author, a comparison of specific points made by each author, or observations on events that are directly related to the readings. You can also relate the reading for that week to readings from previous weeks as a way to put the readings in conversation with each other. To receive credit for your posting, the entry must demonstrate that you have done the reading so you should address a specific point made in the readings and include at least one quotation and page number from the readings assigned for that week. I encourage you to use this forum as a means to engage in dialogue with your fellow students, thus, you can submit a new post or reply to another student’s posting. When you reply to another student’s post make sure to ALSO include a different quotation that may either serve to support or refute the point that you are responding to in your own posting.  

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 05/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 5

Participation (10%)

Each student will select a day to present and lead discussion of the readings assigned for that day. Your presentation must include at least 10 quotations that you believe represent the critical points from the readings. Discussion questions should help to illuminate the subject matter and contribute to connecting themes of the articles to other themes in the course or related issues at large. Thus, “what do you think about this?” does not constitute a substantial question. In addition, when you present the material, you must also present at least one outside example to help illustrate the themes for that session. The example can be a short video clip, a newspaper article, a published research study, a case study from a particular region, etc. You are free to use powerpoint or create a handout to distribute to the class. You can also design exercises for the class to serve as further illustration of the topics under discussion. Online students unable to be present during the class session are required to send their recorded presentation including, the powerpoint or video presentation by noon on the date of their presentation. Given enrollment numbers for this course, on certain days more than one student will present. Presentation by student will begin on the second week of the course session.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 26/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

A. Research Project Essay Proposal, 600 words (10%)

A. Essay proposal, 600 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

Please provide me a 600 words summary of your proposed final research project. No more than a page What topic related to this course would you like to investigate further? See Assessment Task 5 Description for details regarding final project for this course. This assignment is designed to deepen your engagement with the course material and to provide you an opportunity to research a course related topic in greater depth. Further instruction for this assignment will be provided in class.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 30/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2,, 3, 4

B. Annotated Bibliography, 1000 words (15%)

Write a 1000 words annotated bibliography of the resources for understanding this global health and development issue. This bibliography should include books, journal articles, films, organizational websites, policy papers, etc. There should be at least 20 items and each annotation should be a 200-word summary using your own words. DO NOT COPY the abstract provided in the journal article to serve as your summary. This is part of your group assignment toward the final project in this course, see Assessment Task 5 for details.

[Further guidelines on writing an annotated bibliography will be provided to you in class].

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 28/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

C. Research Project final essay, 3500 words (40%)

This activity is designed to deepen your engagement with the course material and provide you an opportunity to research a course related topic in greater depth. 

Students will be divided into groups of 4 (2 on campus and 2 online students) and work throughout the semester to create a web-based information portal on a global health and development issue. *This project is designed to deepen your engagement with the theoretical material and challenge students to collaborate and to communicate the importance of a particular global health and development topic to the general public. You must employ your research skills and critical thinking skills to design an educational forum that is informative, compelling, creative, and original.* The basic components of the information portal should include: 

A. Annotated Bibliography: See Assessment Task 4.

B. Students are responsible for researching the topic and developing material that will inform the general public about the issue. The group needs to create modules that explain the topic from a historical, political, economic, and social perspective based on your research. Make sure to address the critical elements of this issue and apply a critical medical anthropology approach to help the public understand the complexity of global health and development efforts. You can embed clips and newstories in addition to your modules, but they do not replace your modules. Final project will be more than 3500 words, so that each individual in the group is responsible for writing 3500 words.

C. Advocacy activities that members of the public can engage in to produce change and become more involved in the issue because global health and development affects everyone not just people in distant locations such as the so-called “third world.” Depending on the issue, you can address these advocacy issues for children, adults, organizations, etc. Think broadly about mobilization efforts for various groups.

D. All this needs to be uploaded to a website of the group’s design and be publicly accessible as an informational resource. 

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 5

Conference Style Presentation, 10 minutes, with powerpoint summary (10%)

This activity is designed to help you succinctly demonstrate your understanding of core concepts and methods in medical anthropology and the effective integration of anthropological theories and concept in the design of your global health thematic website. It is also designed to enable you to practice public presentation and succinctly and confidently orally articulate your critical thinking skills. It is an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the relationship between anthropological theories, public health, and social policy as well as the relationship between theoretical and applied research.

In-person mode: Presentation in class

 Online mode: either live presentation to class via videoconferencing, or audiovisual recording of presentation and written response to any written questions from the class

[Further details of these sub-tasks will provided to you by week 9]

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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