OverviewThis module engages with social norms, policies, politics and procedures that affect some of the world's most vulnerable people, their membership in society and access to health and social care.
Looking at provision and access to care in a variety of (international) settings, this module examines the approaches to developmental and intellectual disabilities, health and illness in a variety of (international and social) settings. Examining the challenges to implementation of such policies will be one component of the module.
Drawing on different theoretical approaches, the module will look at the policies and politics of health care in, for instance, rural vs urban settings, highly developed vs developing countries, as well as addressing questions of inequality. It will also take different cultural approaches to disease, illness, mental illness and developmental/ intellectual disabilities into account, including differing belief systems. The question of health and social care, including palliative care, as a human right will be raised.
Method of assessment
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the impact of different types of mental and physical illness, disease and/ or disability on social integration, including different approaches to wellness and health care as a human right;
Evaluate critically theoretical understandings, including cross-cultural, of disability, health and/ or illness in international comparison;
Apply theoretical concepts of disability, health and social care in an original way to different international cases;
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the interactions of illness and/ or disability with structural challenges facing underserved communities;
Identify key challenges facing health and health care, physical and/ or mental, in different communities.
Conduct effective in-depth, independent research into a particular problem, including extrapolating from potentially incomplete data, clearly communicating conclusions in writing;
Synthesise and analyse disparate material in an original and self-directed manner;
Apply theoretical concepts to case studies;
Analyse case studies in an interdisciplinary manner, applying appropriate theoretical concepts, displaying an advanced conceptual understanding;
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of relevant techniques, which may include interdisciplinarity;
Think clearly about reading material and discussion, develop logical arguments and communicate these clearly;
Have exercised initiative and personal responsibility in managing their time and demonstrated independent learning ability.