This module provides an overview of the politics surrounding efforts to safeguard and promote human health worldwide. Drawing on ideas and information from within and beyond the discipline of International Relations, it incorporates five overlapping perspectives on risks to human health and opportunities for health improvement: biomedicine, economics, power, security, and justice. The module is informed by ongoing research in the Department of Politics and International Relations (PAIR), and it complements other modules that explore issues of global governance, global ethics, and foreign and security policy.
The aims of this module are:
- to introduce students to ongoing academic and policy debates about the place of health in international relations and global politics.
- to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to examine critically the arguments and categories invoked in these debates.
- to analyse how these arguments and categories might be affected by social change and changes in disease patterns.
- to relate such an examination to contemporary and historical examples of political challenges associated with human health.