EDS255 Health, Environment and Development
Showing course contents for the educational year 2014 - 2015 .
Course responsible: Espen Olav Sjaastad
Teachers: Cassandra Edson Bergstrøm, Bahadar Nawab, Ingrid Louise Peck Nyborg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
Limits of class size:
Minimum of 10 students.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
The course comprises of three blocks: 1. Introduction to Health and sustainable development 2. Environment and health and 3. Global health. Cross-cutting themes are: how are environmental health and public health inter-related, how are international policy and local realities linked - or not, and how do different values and interests of different stakeholders affect policy and practice. The course modules and cross cutting themes will be supported by cases studies from Africa and Asia including cases from post disaster/crises countries. Chosen problem areas will be analyzed by student groups with respect to ecological, social, institutional, economics and political dimensions. Each of the groups will determine whether their own members have participated actively in the group work. Students receive a pass from their groups to be eligible for a grade in the course. The three group work projects will be documented in some way. Students will choose one of these projects for grading. This will represent 40% of the student"s grade. In addition, each student will write a final essay for the course demonstrating his/her understanding of the course material and methods. This take-home exam will comprise 60% of the final grade.
The course provides an introduction to the emerging inter-disciplinary field of "Health and Development". Students will develop competency to use central concepts in a couple of alternative frameworks currently under development by leading development agencies. In addition to use of these frameworks, emphasis is put on understanding the differing values, beliefs and interests underlying them. This provides a basis for recognizing differing ethical positions inherent in the analyzing tools. Groups will work on cases (such as poverty and health, HIV/Aids, biosafety/GMOs, and provision of clean water and sanitiation) that will be presented and discussed in both oral and written forms. Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of concepts, their ability to collectively apply knowledge and understanding to particlar problems and to explain their weighed decision for using a particular approach.
The course uses a problem-oriented approach. Students are expected to participate actively both within and outside of the classroom. Within the classroom major learning methods include a combination of lectures, plenary sessions, discussions and presentations. In addition, at least three classes will be reserved where students team collect data and analyzed it in the guidance/supervision of the concerned course teacher before submitting it for evaluation.
The course coordinator is responsible for coordination, literature and overall guidance. Facilitators will be available for assistance during group work periods. Participants will recieve feedback on group presentations.
A list of recommended reading including articles, websites, text books and/or text book chapters will be available at the beginning of the semester.
The course is inter-disciplinary. It is an advantage for students to have basic competency in both the social and natural sciences.
Students must particpate actively in group work to be eligible for a final grade in the course. Each of the groups will determine whether its own members have particpated activlely in the group work. Students must receive a pass from their groups to complete this compulsory activity. All group work assignments must receive a passing grade. All students must also sign an non-plagiarism contract.
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. Each of the group work projects will be documented in some way. Groups choose one of these projects for grading. This will represent 40% of the students grade. In addition, each student writes a final essay for the course demonstating his/her understanding of the course material and methods. This essay/take-home exam comprises 60% of the final grade. A-F.
In class and time designated for group work (5 hours per week): 65 hours. Additional group work: 55 hours. Self-directed study: 180 hours. Total: 300 hours.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
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The scheduled teaching time is five hours (5 X 45 minutes) per week. This is tentatively distributed between 3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of teacher-led discussion approximately seven weeks of the semester. In addition, students will work within teams outside of the classroom during three weeks (3 X 1 week). Facilitators will be available for consultations during this time. In each of the weeks following the collection and analysis of data, groups will present their findings.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått