University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Humanitarian Challenges in an Unequal World NOT RUNNING IN 2018 - 19

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Course Details

  • Level: 2
  • Credit Load: 10
  • School/s: Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


This unit provides an opportunity to analyse, synthesise and evaluate contrasting debates into the policies and practices that impact on humanitarianism in both the UK and globally, as well as critically examine different perspectives on the role of humanitarian actors.

The unit adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that draws on disciplines such as politics, sociology, history and medical sciences to enhance students' understanding of the evolution of global health, conflict response, disaster management and peace-building. Further it will interrogate the individual, social, cultural and institutional factors that affect humanitarian responses on a global scale.

The unit is delivered using face-to-face lectures, structured individual and group research and preparation, and seminars where you will give presentations relating to humanitarianism in context and debate key issues based on background research and preparation. In doing so it aims to enhance your cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity in the field of humanitarianism.

Humanitarian Challenges in an Unequal World is one of the UCIL course units that form a component of the Manchester Global Challenge.


Summary of Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental factors that impact on health and diseases
  • Develop critical understanding of the diversity and changing nature of the determinants of health and health inequalities
  • Recognise the role and impact of health systems organisation and governance on the health and well-being of populations
  • Critically analyse the concept of global health and the global health agenda more broadly
  • Critically reflect on the implications of the social determinants of health and health inequalities
  • Critically reflect and evaluate the impact of global health systems and agendas on health status
  • Health profiling and analysis
  • Enhanced student awareness of global inequalities and their ethical implications as well as increased awareness of their own values as an individual and global citizen



  1. Workshop Presentations: group work to research, plan and deliver a presentation on a specific aspect of global health (assessed as a group but with individual feedback as well) (50%)
  2. Individual written assignment (based on assessed presentation theme) (50%)


This course is only open to undergraduate students.

University College course units are available to take on programmes which have 'free choice' options available to them, (i.e. programmes which allow you, as part of the degree programme, to take a number of credits from subject areas outside of your home school). As these courses are credit bearing, you must enrol by following the standard procedure for your school when adding units outside of your home school.

If you are not sure whether you will be able to enrol in University College courses, please contact your School Undergraduate Office to find out whether these options are available for your degree programme.


Dr Kirsten Howarth

Teaching and Learning Methods


1 - 12Thurs10:00 - 13:00

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