International Organizations & Health

  • European Master in Health Economics and Management
Course unit code
  • IHCM2GOV2302
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Feigl Andrea, MPH
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Zeitel-Bank Natascha
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • By the end of the course, participants will have learned:

    The significance of multidimensional interdependence of states and regions (common threats, interests and strategies in international relations)
    The meaning of human security as comprehensive security (political, economic, social, environmental and cultural security)
    Why states and international organizations are actors in the comprehensive security system (UN & EU – Africa)
    The evolution and global meaning of governmental and non-governmental healthcare organizations in the context of international relations
    The political communication process in the context of healthcare of selective International Organizations (multilevel approach) like the European Union
Mode of delivery
  • blended learning
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • First block:
    International Relations and Comprehensive Security

    1. Multidimensional interdependence of states and regions
    2. Identifying and addressing common threats in international relations
    3. Defining common interests in international relations
    4. Enacting and implementing common strategies in international relations:
    Human security as comprehensive security (political, economic, social, environmental and cultural security)
    States and international organizations as actors of comprehensive security: case studies ( The UN comprehensive security policy, The EU comprehensive security policy towards Africa)

    Second block: International Organizations & Public Communication

    The significance of certain diseases for the global health in general and for selective organizations in special
    The structure and activities of important non- governmental and governmental international organizations like WHO, Global Fund, Doctors without borders, International Red Cross and the EU as an international organisation "suis generis"
    The political communication process in the context of health care of selective International Organizations like European Union, WHO and Global Fund on the basis of a multilevel approach (special focus on the involvement of the citizens, intermediary groups and social movements)

    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
  • Books
    Archer, Clive: International organizations, London, 2004
    Jackson, Robert H., Introduction to international relations : theories and approaches, Oxford Univ. Press, 2007
    Karns, Margret P.; Mingst, A. Karen: International Organizations, the politics and processes of global governance, Boulder 2004
    Mary Kaldor, Human Security, Polity Press, 2007
    Garner, Rober; Ferdinand, Peter, Lawson, Stephanie: Introduction to Politics, New York 2009
    Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, Human Security: Concepts and implications, Routledge, 2007

    International Organization
    Guzzini S. 2004. "The enduring dilemmas of realism in International Relations." European Journal of International Relations, 10(4): 533-568.
    Keohane RO, and Nye Jr. JS. 1987. "Power and Interdependence Revisited." International Organization, 41(4): 725-53.
    Sending OJ, and Neumann IB. 2006. "Governance to Governmentality: Analyzing NGOs, States, and Power." International Studies Quarterly, 50(3): 651-672.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The learning methods are a mixture of theory and practice with special focus of case studies, group work, interactive elements.
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