Medicine Beyond Borders: History and Politics of International Health (HISM026)

30 credits

What is international health? Is international health a form of imperialism? Health issues and interventions frequently transcend the borders of the nation-state. This module introduces students to key ideas, institutions and interventions in the interrelated histories of imperial, international, and global health. It encourages students to analyse critically the relationships between health, medicine, and major social, economic and political processes—particularly imperialism, international development, medicalization and globalization. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach, and will allow students to engage with secondary literature from disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, international development, and politics as well as history.