I teach five Health courses at the BISC: HLTH 101, HLTH 102, HLTH 332, HTLH 350 and HLTH 402. In addition to teaching undergraduate, graduate and distance learning courses, I have held a variety of senior positions in international development programs that focus on people with disabilities within the health, education and employment sectors primarily in South East Asia and the Balkans. My research interest is in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) with a focus on social inclusion of vulnerable populations with particular interest in developing countries and post-conflict regions.
Using HLTH 402 as a exemplar of the courses I teach on, the course is designed to advance student understanding of the field of disability studies through the examination and critical analysis of disability issues within the field of global health. Current research and policy, controversial issues, and systems affecting people with disabilities is situated in the global context. The BISC is ideally located within Europe to allow students to enhance their learning in this leading edge field by meeting leading scholars and visiting key local, national and international organizations within the global health and disability sectors.
Experiential learning is a key component of this course with three multi-day field studies (London, Oxford and Geneva) embedded in the curriculum where students visit organizations in the field of disability and health studies. Examples of visits include travelling to the WHO Headquarters, United Nations Geneva, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Stoke Mandeville Rehabilitation Hospital, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. By engaging with these organizations, students come to understand the interplay between classroom theory and ‘real’ world issues, policy and research.
Teaching at the BISC provides a unique opportunity for in-and-out of classroom engagement on both an academic and personal level that allow each student to maximize their potential and develop confidence and growth. Teaching students from various disciplines allows different perspectives to come together, which lends itself to an exciting, fun and meaningful learning environment for both student and instructor!
- Richan, B. et al. (2017 pending publication). Disability Handbook for Persons with Disability in Bangladesh. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- Jalovcic, D., Richan, B., Peat, M. & Krznaric, D. Disability and MDGs 4 & 5: Interprofessional Project on Disability, Maternal and Child Health (IPODMCH). First CBR World Congress, Agra India. (November 2012).