Faculty of Arts


Global Health and Development


This course introduces a social science approach to the study of health and globalisation, tracing various historical genealogies from colonial hygiene movements to international public health in the development sector, up through contemporary global health institutions and their governance structures. Current issues and case studies in health and development, including the role of NGOs, participatory approaches and human rights frameworks are critically analysed.

Particular health issues addressed include, but are not limited to: bubonic plague, depression, gender-based violence, global pharmaceuticals, HIV/AIDS, influenza pandemics, maternal and child health, medical tourism, organ transplantation, post-traumatic stress, primary health care, radiation exposure, suicide and tuberculosis.  

Weekly seminars address the following topics among others:

  • Colonial hygiene movements
  • Global health and development policies
  • Aesthetics and politics of health statistics
  • HIV/AIDS in Africa: case studies in global health “partnerships”
  • Health governmentalities: case studies in biopower
  • Globalisation of biotechnologies
  • Pandemics and biosecurity
  • Global health and political violence

By the end of this semester, students will learn:

  • Key analytical concepts in critical studies of global health and development such as biopower, partnerships and structural violence
  • Historical and contemporary debates in global health and development
  • How to locate these debates and analyse them critically in the context of particular health and development interventions around the world

By the end of this semester, students should be able to:

  • Think, write and speak critically about a range of global health practices in development
  • Introduce one weekly topic through an oral presentation to a graduate audience (potentially in small groups depending on enrolment)
  • Complete a small case study review of particular global health and development intervention

Availability 2020

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Jesse Hession Grayman


DEVELOP 716: 15.0 points

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