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Title Health, gender and human rights: an introduction
Course number 2902
Programme Infektionsbiologi och global hälsa (BIGH)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2016-10-03 -- 2016-10-07
Responsible KI department Institutionen för global folkhälsa
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course Gender inequalities are among the most important determinants of men´s and women´s health globally. Understanding how gendered relations affect the health of populations is paramount to design effective studies to explore and map gender inequalities. This course will provide Ph.D students with the theoretical tools to do so.
Global health inequalities are often human rights violations. This course will provide the Ph.D students with theoretical tools to critically discuss the intersection between human rights and global health issues.
Intended learning outcomes 1. Describe the core concepts of gender and human rights.
2. Use relational, performative, intersectional or ecosocial theory to frame and discuss global health issues.
3. Evaluate whether differences in global health outcomes in populations are influenced by biological factors, social factors or the intersection between both.
4. Critically discuss the intersection between human rights and global health issues.
5. Understand the links between gender and health (in) equalities from a human rights perspective.
6. Design studies and analyse data using gender lens.
Contents of the course 1. Introduction to general concepts around gender, health and human rights.
2. Linking and applying gender theories to public health research, focusing on Connell¿s relational approach to gender, Butler¿s performativity, Krieger¿s ecosocial theory and intersectorial approaches.
3. Masculinities, femininities and their association with global health.
4. Gender and health (in)equalities and human rights based approaches to health
5. Designing research from a gender and human rights perspective.
Teaching and learning activities The course is a joint venture between Karoliska Institutet and Umeå University. The course format will consist of interactive lectures, group discussions and exercises. Lectures, group discussions and exercises will be given by lecturers at both KI and Umeå University. Lecturers from both KI and Umeå University will participate. Lectures given at KI will be broadcasted live at Umeå University and vice versa.
Compulsory elements
Examination Take home assignment and essay. The home examination and essay will be graded as fail or pass.
Literature and other teaching material Readings
1. Chloe E. Bird and By Patricia P. Rieker. Gender and Health. The Effects of Constrained Choices and Social Policies. Cambridge University Press. 2008.
2. Lesley Doyal and Sarah Payne. Chapter 4 - Gender and global health: inequality and differences. In Global Health and Global Health Ethics. Edited by Solomon Benatar, Gillian Brock. Cambridge University Press.
3. Hammarström A, et al. 2014. Central gender theoretical concepts in health research: the state of the art. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014 Feb;68(2):185-90.
4. Krieger, Nancy. Epidemiology and the People¿s Health: Theory and Context. Oxford University Press 2011
Suggested readings
1. Connell RW. Gender, 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity Press; 2009.
2. Connell RW. Masculinities, 2nd ed. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press; 2005.
3. Global Public Health ¿ special supplement: Gender inequality in health: why it exists and how we can change it. Guest editors: Gita Sen and Piroska Östlin. Chapter 1.
4. Springer, K., Hankivsky, O., Bates, L.M. 2012. Gender and health: Relational, intersectional, and biosocial approaches. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 1661¿1666.
5. Krieger, N. 2003. Genders, sexes, and health: what are the connections- and why does it matter? International Journal of Epidemiology, 32, 652-657.
6. Sen, G. & Östlin, P. 2007. Unequal, Unfair, Ineffective and Inefficient. Gender Inequity in health: Why it exists and how we can change it. Final report to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network.
7. Connell, R.W., Messerschmidt, J.W. 2005. Hegemonic Masculinity. Rethinking the Concept. Gender and Society, 19(6):829-859.
8. Connell, R. 2012. Gender, health and theory: Conceptualizing the issue, in local and world perspective. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 1675-1683.
Number of students 8 - 12
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)
More information
Additional course leader Mariano Salazar Ph.D (
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Course responsible Mariano Salazar
Institutionen för global folkhälsa
Contact person Mariano Salazar
Institutionen för global folkhälsa