15 August 2019
Health in a Global Perspective
During the early 21st century, the concept of the health and well-being of populations increasingly became a concern at the level of international politics. Previously, these concepts were understood as connected to the health infrastructures of national health institutes and sovereign states, which possessed the remit of health provisions for their populations.
Increasingly however, the politics of health and of illness and disease have become globalized, and as a result, the global implications of health at the national level now have been recognised. Global health as a research field has emerged from this concern to develop a focus on: global health agencies and actors such as the WHO, MSF, and the Gates Foundation; global outbreaks of highly infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, SARS and influenza; the politics behind the construction and understanding of disease; and the political and economic determinants of health. This module employs a broad, interdisciplinary approach to investigating and understanding the complex and often contentious landscape of contemporary global health.
The module aims to develop a critical awareness of the way that global health is understood and influenced politically in contemporary international society. Overall, the objective of the module is to promote a critical engagement with the broad and contrasting scope of literature and paradigms of global health, and to further integrate this mode of critical engagement into the development of the evaluative outcomes of the course.
The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.
The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.
GBP 2000: Tuition (one four week session).
GBP 4000: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions).