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GEO3161 : Humanitarianism and Health Inequalities

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kathryn Manzo
  • Lecturer: Dr Alison Copeland
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00In-person content
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.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Drop-in/Surgery (online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1106:00106:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination28801A75The exam has 2 sections with 3 questions in each. Students should pick one questions from each section. 1000 words per answer. Students should spend no longer than 3 hours completing the assessment (48 hour take home exam)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M25Group presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

There are too many essays and reports already, and we have been asked to consider other forms of assessment to mitigate deadline bunching - especially in semester two when there is also compulsory fieldwork. Hence the take-home exam. The group/team work and oral presentation is an employability skill that is highly valued in the workplace.

Reading Lists