Global Medicine: Historical Sources and Problems (HIH1611)

15 credits

Around the turn of the twenty-first century, ‘global health’ emerged as an academic discipline and as an ¬†organizational strategy which aims to prevent the spread of disease worldwide, and to promote health in the ‘global south’. However, global health is not new, but has built upon much older histories of colonial medicine and international health. Using a wide range of sources, this module analyses the relationship between global health and major social, economic and political processes and ideologies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—particularly imperialism, modernisation, development, and globalisation. This module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways. There are no prerequisite or co-requisite modules.