Course catalogue doctoral education - VT24

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Title Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Methods, Concepts and Implications for Policy and Practice
Course number 5228
Programme Infektionsbiologi och global hälsa (BIGH)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2020-11-02 -- 2020-11-13
Responsible KI department Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course Understanding of how sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are shaped, and its effects on future generations is crucial for all researchers involved in global health, maternal health and many other areas related to health. This course will provide participants with practical and theoretical tools as well as background to review and carry out research in SRHR.
Intended learning outcomes At the end of the course the student should be able to:

1. Understand the state of the art in SRHR, including global trends, progress, challenges and gaps in research
2. Examine SRHR Policies and understand their relation to SRHR outcomes, as well as translate research into policy
3. Explain how structural factors – including social, political, economic and ethical factors - influence SRHR
4. Utilize, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data and measurements in SRHR
5. Demonstrate skills in scientific writing, and reviewing and critiquing scientific papers
6. Apply skills for successful interdisciplinary collaboration
Contents of the course 1. Introduction to core concepts and state of the art in SRHR in a global context
2. Underlying causes of (in)equities in SRHR
3. SDGs and other policy initiatives and their relation to SRHR globally
4. Qualitative and quantitative research methods
5. Critiquing the literature in SRHR
Teaching and learning activities The course will be given at four ANSER institutions ( at the same time and collaboration over sites will happen in terms of online lectures, discussions, seminars, etc. This course will benefit and make use of the fact that it is provided by four institutions from different parts of the world.

Learning activities are online lectures, readings, on-campus interactive lectures, seminars, practical exercises and student projects.
Compulsory elements Hand in the assignments, participate in discussions.
Examination - In preparation of the course, students will bring a revised version of a research protocol or paper that they are writing on/related to their research topic. The evaluation will consist of a revised version of the protocol/paper
- Peer review of other students’ protocol/paper
- The students will be divided in groups and given a specific SRHR topic to write a debate article/commentary on
- Seminar participation
- Assignments will be graded pass/fail
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature:
- Book, “Reproductive, Maternal. Newborn and Child Health”, The World Bank, 2016. Chapters 1-3, 6 and the relevant parts of chapter 7,14-17.
- Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on SRHR, 2018
- The Lancet series on Maternal Health from 2016
- The Lancet series on Midwifery from 2014
- Online resources such as WHO, UNFPA, etc.
- Additional scientific papers handed out during the course
Number of students 8 - 10
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) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date).
More information The course will be provided at four ANSER institutions (
1. Ghent University, Belgium
2. NOVA National School of Public Health, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
3. Technical University of Kenya, Kenya
4. Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
The course will be given at all four institutions at the same time. Collaboration over sites will happen in terms of lectures, discussions, seminars, etc. This course will benefit and make use of the fact that it is provided by four institutions from different parts of the world.
Maximum number of students: 10 per institution.
Additional course leader Anna Kågesten, Department of Global Public Health,
Latest course evaluation Not available
Course responsible Elin Larsson
Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
Contact person Anna Kågesten
Institutionen för global folkhälsa