Postgraduate

HSC8003 : Advanced Social Determinants of Health

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module provides students with in-depth, case study-based understanding of social determinants of health, their contribution to health inequalities and the basis for developing policies and interventions to address social determinants of health. Emphasis is placed on research led teaching by leading authorities in the field.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide in-depth exploration of the following topics (not in this sequence):

• ? ? ? Social determinants of health: how social and economic conditions ‘get under our skin’
• ? ? ? Metropolitan health: How and why cities matter
• ? ? ? Race, gender and health (race in the US historical context; gender in global context)
• The role of history in understanding health inequalities
• ? ? ? Economic inequalities and health
• ? ? ? Food systems and the exposome: Key to understanding health inequalities
• The politics of evidence and its use in policy and intervention design
• ? ? ? The politics of reducing health inequalities

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Non-synchronous Online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP, (2 separate groups, 3 sessions each)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:301:30Synchronous online: assessment surgery
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk51:005:00Synchronous online: Interactive lectures and presentations (Introduction and 4 guest presenters)
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion14:304:30Non-synchronous – approx 4-5 discussion boards
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The main form of interaction with students will involve (a) interactive synchronous module talks delivered by guest presenters, and (b) small group teaching focused on questions related to lecture materials and readings. A further module talk will take the form of a formative surgery on the assessment, which has worked well in previous years in an in-person setting.

To bring all students to a similar level of comprehension, students will be asked to read and prepare prior to the initial module talk and the small group discussions. It will be emphasised that such reading and preparation are especially important in a hybrid learning environment with a substantial virtual component.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessment will (a) test students’ ability critically to assess explanations for health inequalities that are organised around social determinants of health, building on the formative assessment; and (b) invite them to apply this knowledge and skill set by focusing on a specific case study, social determinant of health or policy challenge.

As noted, a virtual formative 'surgery' will be held on the essay assignment

Reading Lists

Timetable