Social protection and Health: Definitions, policy goals and global examples (dates to be confirmed)

The course will familiarise students with cross-cutting approaches in the Global South, and understand how social protection and health are interrelated. Social protection is a key policy goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

5 ECTS Credits — Studies start 1 February 2021 — Tampere University

Photo credit: Mark Robinson, 2016, on Flickr
Photo credit: Mark Robinson, 2016, on Flickr

Course dates

1 February 2021 – 1 February 2021

Registration period

1 February 2021 – 1 February 2021

Coordinating university

Tampere University

Coordinators

Salla Atkins

Credits

5 ECTS

Course dates: Spring 2021, dates to be confirmed
Registration dates: Spring 2021, dates to be confirmed
Coordinating university: Tampere University
Responsible teacher: Salla Atkins,
Credits: 5 ECTS

Course summary

Social protection is a key policy goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its link to health and wellbeing is well established, but has received substantial attention only recently. This interdisciplinary course draws on expertise on social protection from four institutes and universities, two from the Global North and two from the Global South, highlighting its role in protecting and promoting health.

The objective of the course is to familiarise students with cross-cutting approaches in the Global South, and understand how social protection and health are interrelated.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the students will:

  • Understand the core concepts of social protection, including social security
  • Understand the key debates in social protection globally and in the Global South
  • Be able to reflect on the potential of social protection for health through examples in current research

Learning methods

This course is distance learning, using a student-centred learning approach. Instructors will give online feedback on assignments and discussions during the course.

  • Online lectures and lecture materials will be available on Moodle.
  • There is a short set of pre-materials consisting of readings associated with each video lecture. Required reading will be one to two key articles per lecture. Optional reading is also included.
  • There are three mandatory Moodle discussions that everyone should participate in.
  • Final assignment: each student prepares a 2000-word paper including 5-15 references on a freely chosen topic related to social protection and health. Detailed instructions will be given during the course. Based on the essay, 2-3 best essay ideas will get the opportunity to convert their essay into a blog.

Study materials

The course will consist of video recorded lectures, with reading materials. Students are expected to watch the lecture and read the associated material. Key to learning and feedback will also be a monitored student discussion forum on the Moodle platform. For each lecture, a discussion question will be posted and students are expected to respond to the discussion question and reflect upon their learning.

Assessment

Students will be assessed through:

  • Active participation in the discussion forum as measured by at least one post to each discussion posted on the discussion forum
  • An essay on social protection and health (2000 words).

Assessment of the course will be on a pass/fail basis, no marks will be given. On request, students may get individualized feedback on their essay.

Additional information

Students participating in the course should have Bachelor level studies in social science, humanities, or medical/health sciences.

The course is produced in collaboration with the University of Zambia, the South African Medical Research Council, and Karolinska Institutet.

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