International Social & Health Policy Challenges: International Relations & Comprehensive Security

  • Master's Program International Health & Social Management
Course unit code
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Dr. Heiss Raffael
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • • Students know how national and international actors can influence alcohol and tobacco consumption behavior
    • Students can identify reliable data sources to analyze consumption across countries
    • Students learn how to process and visualize data
    • Students practice methods of descriptive and basic inferential statistical analysis
    • Students learn how to report their research results in a scientific report
    • Students learn to connect their research results to current national and European policy debates
Mode of delivery
  • face-to-face
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • - Multidimensional interdependence of states and regions
    - Identifying and addressing common threats in international relations
    - Defining common interests in international relations
    o Enacting and implementing common strategies in international relations
    Human security as comprehensive security (political, economic, social, environmental and cultural security)
    o States and international organizations as actors of comprehensive security: case studies ( The UN comprehensive security policy, The EU comprehensive security policy towards Africa)

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
Recommended or required reading
  • Moodie, R., et al. (2013). Profits and pandemics: prevention of harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink industries. The Lancet, 381(9867), 670-679.

    Griswold, M. G., et al. (2018). Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet, 392(10152), 1015-1035.

    Siegel, M., et al. (2005). Effect of local restaurant smoking regulations on progression to established smoking among youths. Tobacco Control, 14(5), 300-306.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions and individual and group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English