The (Geo)Politics of Infectious Disease GEOG4110
- Academic Session: 2022-23
- School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
- Credits: 10
- Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
Drawing both on historical and contemporary examples, this course will address both the nature of infectious disease emergence and how this has been understood, and will explore attempts to contain the threats of disease outbreak.
2 hours of lectures per week over 5 weeks. In the 3rd week of the course, the lectures will be supplemented by a seminar.
Requirements of Entry
Students should have completed Level 2 Geography at minimum of grade D3
Main Assessment In: April/May
Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses
Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.
This course aims to
■ introduce the nature of infectious disease emergence and how this has been understood in historical and contemporary settings;
■ introduce the geopolitical dimensions of infectious diseases;
■ explore attempts to contain the threats of disease outbreak.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Discuss different geographies of infectious disease;
■ Evaluate historical practices of containment of infectious disease threat;
■ Explain the international politics of infectious diseases;
■ Critically assess the links between infectious disease and biosecurity.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.