BSc International Disaster Management & Humanitarian Response / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
War, Migration and Health

Unit code HCRI30032
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is course provides a critical overview of over-arching themes and agendas in war, migration and health. This includes building understanding of how war and migration affect population and critical assessment of how health systems in Europe respond to population movements. In doing so the course aims to highlight issues of how health is conceptualised in theory and practice, the power relations and inequalities involved within and between key health populations, actors and institutions, and the key health challenges before and after war. We also explore the role of international organisations in providing humanitarian health



This course aims to understand the challenges that war and displacement bring to health, both physical and mental.

To understand the role of culture in relation to help-seeking

To understand the global architecture of Humanitarian Health

To Understand War Trauma and its medicalization.  


Knowledge and understanding

  • understand how health is conceptualised
  • recognise the role of power and power inequalities in health systems
  • understand key issues affecting migrant health
  • understand how migrant health is gendered
  • understand and critically evaluate the links between research/ideology and policy, and policy and practice


Intellectual skills

  • critically assess the role of health systems in responding to population movements
  • exercise a reflexive and critical evaluation of health as a human experience mediated by individual, societal, cultural and global contexts
  • use their knowledge of health system responses to migration to engage in critical reflection on health issues and the impact of health systems on migrant communities


Practical skills

  • plan, research, organise and deliver workshop presentations related to specific health contexts
  • develop oral and written presentation skills
  • write policy briefs
  • course unit, in relation to the students' transferable skills and personal qualities.


Assessment methods

Workshop on Refugees and Health in British Cities (paired presentations).  30%
Essay Plan   0%
Essay 70%


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Written feedback on essay plans and final essay

Summative Essays + Formative essays

Verbal feedback in assessed presentations and formatively in seminars and workshop discussions

Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment)


Summative Workshops


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Rubina Jasani Unit coordinator

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