HLTH 397/3.0 Global Health: Challenges in Non-traditional Security
This course examines health security as an emerging security threat at an international level. It will explore the mechanisms through which health has been theorized before examining the different levels – national, regional, and global – at which these threats can be targeted. Focused strongly on non-western cases, specific topics will include influenza-based pandemics; Ebola; indigenous health challenges; Brexit’s impact on health provision; and the intersection between health security and other forms of non-traditional security (NTS). Case studies, theoretical readings, current events-based scenarios, and experiential learning will be utilized to anchor course content.
HLTH 397 Global Health: Challenges in Non-Traditional Security is one of three HLTH courses offered at the BISC during the winter term as part of a discipline specialized cluster. This course along with HLTH 350 Topics in Global Health, and HLTH 351 Health in Humanitarian Crisis, make up the specialized cluster. This cluster is open to all upper year students who meet the prerequisites.
On completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key theoretical and conceptual contributions of non-traditional security approaches, particularly related to global health challenges and outcomes
- Examine and critically analyze a case study of health security in depth, evaluating the local, regional and global responses to the case and the lessons learned
- Evaluate the objectives and priorities of existing strategy responses towards health security challenges
- Identify and assess the increasing interconnections between health security and internal conflict, food security, water scarcity and climate change.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Virtual ELOs in HLTH 397 will focus on student engagement outside of the traditional classroom, including a series of virtual visits to organizations and/or museums located in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany. Applying classroom theory to practical experience provides students with transferable and critical thinking skills situating them for future study or professional careers.