autumn 2012

HEL-3005 Society, Culture and Public Health - 10 stp


Last changed: 21.01.2013

The course is administrated by

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences
Type of course

Type of course

This course is open to course students as well as programme students.
Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission criteria: The same as for the Master's programme in Public Health. See the programme page. Application Code: 9371
Course contents

Course contents

The course offers a theoretical framework for critical reflections of issues related to social and cultural aspects of health, illness, health care and preventive medicine.

The main topics are:

- Introduction to the study of public health, what it contains, how it is structured, and what it aims at.

- What creates health and illness? About medical and social determinants of health, with a focus on social determinants of health and how the health of the population is connected to social and political conditions in a society.

- Theories, perspectives and dilemmas in preventive medicine and health promotion.

- Social and geographical inequalities in health, what they look like, why they emerge, and how they can be reduced.

- Different perspectives on health and illness. The relation between biomedical, cultural and subjective perspectives.

- Cultural perspectives on health and illness, related to three dimensions: cross-cultural differences, historical differences and differences between lay and professional perceptions.

- Modern western conceptions of health and illness and medicalisation, expressions, driving forces and implications.

- Cultural understandings of health professionals, their knowledge, practice and professional roles.

- Health care and preventive medicine as systems in various societies and their role in the welfare state.

Objective of the course

Objective of the course

Knowledge and understanding

- The course aims at showing how perspectives and theories from different scientific disciplines form the scientific basis of all public health related work. The course is based on a multidisciplinary approach to the relation between culture, society, public health, preventive medicine and health promotion, with a special focus on the cultural perspective.

- The student will obtain knowledge about factors that shape the health of a population, medical as well as social determinants.

- The student will learn to understand the relationship between health and society: Knowledge about the close relation between health and society in different parts of the world, including knowledge about social and geographical inequalities in health: what they look like, why they emerge, and how they can be reduced.

Skills and competences

- The student will acquire knowledge about different health systems, as well as their place within other systems, such as the welfare state.

- The student will learn to think about conceptions of health and illness as culturally shaped phenomena with an interpretive rather than a given character, and to use this cultural perspective on health and illness to analyze the development of health care systems, preventive initiatives and health status in different societies.

General Proficiency

- During the course, the students are expected to obtain basic knowledge, skills and attitudes related to working with public health issues.

- The student will also attain proficiency about how professional knowledge and clinical practice are influenced by the cultural landscape where it is created and embedded; why professional knowledge, clinical practice and preventive medicine have normative elements, and why knowledge about the people and their culture is of vital importance for all who work with public health issues.

- Students will learn a basic attitude that involves respect for the intrinsic value of human beings, and tolerance for variations in the many different ways we live our lives.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction

English
Teaching methods

Teaching methods

Lectures, video-presentations and organised group sessions during two 4 day long seminars, in addition to use of Fronter. Attendance to lectures and seminars is mandatory. The lectures are given in English.
Assessment

Assessment

Obligatory assignment:

Home assignment (a written essay) on a given topic (2-3000 words). The students will be given one week to write the home assignment. This paper is compulsory, and it can be written alone or two and two together. Language: English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. Graded as approved or not approved.

The home assignment should be delivered via Fronter.

Exam:

School exam 6 hours. Students must have delivered and gotten the obligatory assignment approved before taking the exam.

Students can write the exam in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale: A-E equals passed, F equals failed.

There will be organized a re-sit examination if a student fails the course.

Students with valid absence from exam will be offered a re-scheduled examination.

See also examination regulations: http://uit.no/students/studies?p_document_id=172032

Date for examination

Date for examination

Written 26.11.2012

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Schedule

Schedule


Recommended reading/syllabus

Recommended reading/syllabus

500 pages. Curriculum will be provided in time for the first lectures.
Lectures Autumn 2012
School exam date is Nov. 26th 2012
Forelesning Prof. Bjarne Jacobsen
Prof. Georg Høyer
Børge Ytterstad
Sidsel Graff-Iversen
Førsteaman Anne Kveim Lie
Gruppearbeid Sidsel Graff-Iversen
Førsteaman Anne Kveim Lie
Seminar Førsteaman Anne Kveim Lie


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