GEN2009 - Battles in a Contagious World: Challenges of Global Public Health
The module examines the origin and impact of infectious diseases in our vibrant world since the early fifteenth century. The module attempts to explore the socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and geopolitical aspects that have led to the emergence of global epidemics. Topics cover early modern trans-continental exchanges, imperialism and global contagion, global conflicts and epidemics, establishment of global health institutions before/after the Second World War, and the social impact of the twenty-first-century infectious challenges such as SARS, avian flu, and H1N1.
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:
- examine how epidemics have shaped our world;
- evaluate the globalization’s role in facilitating the emergence of global infectious diseases;
- apply various economic, historical, political, and economic approaches to critically analyze the evolution of global contagion; and
- reflect upon and critically consider the implications of contemporary global health challenges on our society.