Module Catalogue 2022/23

GEO3161 : Humanitarianism and Health Inequalities

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kathryn Manzo
  • Lecturer: Dr Alison Copeland
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
GEO2103Development & Globalisation
GEO2110Social Geographies
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to explore the social geographies and spatial practices associated with humanitarianism and health in both theory and practice. Working across different scales (from the global to the national) the module investigates health inequalities among various populations, notably displaced persons – on land and at sea - and national populations. In addition to the reality and causes of health inequalities, the module also explores health interventions in different settings as well as other possible solutions to identified problems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Syllabus (11 weeks, 33 hours)
Intro to the course (KM and AL)

Part One: Humanitarianism and Health (KM)
Visualising Humanitarianism
Humanitarianism in theory and practice
Humanitarian communication and advocacy
Assessment workshop 1: Report writing
Humanitarian assistance, conflict and intervention

Seminar 1: Refugees and representation: The iconic image of Aylan Kurdi
Protection, conflict and rescue

Seminar 2: Refugee camps: Migration management, protection and healthcare
Part Two: Global Health, Public Health
Global health problems
Global health solutions
‘Ring a ring o’roses’ - the geography of infectious diseases and the re-emergence of diseases
Assessment workshop 2: Group presentations: expectations and requirements
‘Mind the Gap’ – Inequalities in health in the UK

Seminar 3: Poverty, inequality and health
‘The end is nigh?’ Healthcare policy and provision in the UK ‘

Seminar 4: Group presentations

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate understanding of complex relationships between health, humanitarianism, space and place
• Critically appraise literature on complex relationships between health, humanitarianism, space and place and a range of applications of health and well-being
• Critically analyse policy interventions and healthcare provision in different settings
• Relate wider conceptual debates to a range of specific empirical examples in the geographies of humanitarianism and health inequalities

Intended Skill Outcomes

Intended Skills Outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
•       Critically assess material presented in lectures, seminars and wider reading
•       Engage critically with a range of sources, from academic literature to policy reports
•       Conduct research
•       Communicate logical written arguments in the form of a report
•       Develop time management and planning skills
•       Work as a team

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00PiP lecture S1
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities42:008:00Preparation for and Reflections and learning from seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Group presentations in-person (semester 1).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00in-person content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Drop-in/ Surgery semester 1 (online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1106:00106:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M25Group presentation
Report1M75Written individual report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignment requires students to engage critically with both academic writings and published reports by key institutions, policymakers and healthcare providers (such as various United Nations agencies and the NHS in the UK). The assignment assesses students’ ability to apply key concepts in a policy relevant format – a key transferable skill as well as an intellectual challenge.
The group presentation will enable students to work together as a team (another transferable skill) and to appreciate the knowledge transfer challenges faced by public health experts. Although dissemination is not required, students will be encouraged to share their findings with relevant stakeholders in the fields of humanitarianism and public health.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.