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Course Outline

Department/Program: Geography Year: 2003 Course Title: GEOG 331, Social Geographies of Health and Health Care Course Schedule: Term 1, Sept. 02 to Nov. 28, Mon. & Weds. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Location(s): Geography 212 Instructor: Dr. Michael Buzzelli Office location: Geography 132 Office phone: (604) 822-5870 Office hours: TBA Course Description: This course introduces the study of human health from a geographical perspective. Topics include: theoretical perspectives; disease ecology; health care policy, service provision, access; determinants of health; health research methods. By the end of this course, you should be able to: (1) identify and define the main geographical concepts related to the geography of health; (2) select the appropriate concepts and methodologies for the study of the geography of health; (3) communicate your ideas clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form; (4) evaluate your peers work. Prerequisites and/or Course Restrictions: There is no pre-requisite for this course. Format of the course: Lectures and occasional tutorial periods. Weekly readings will supplement lecture material. Required and Recommended Reading: Required: The Geography of Health, by Anthony Gatrell [~ $45.00 at the UBC bookstore] Course Assignments, due dates and grading: You have some choice with respect to your assignments: either a team-based term project, OR an individual term paper. The main difference is whether you will work alone or in a group; all the requirements are the same. 1. Progress report, due 1 October, worth 10% 2. Peer evaluation, completed in class on 1 October; due 3 October, 10%. 3. Full progress report, due 20 October, 15% 4. Final report, due 12 November, 25% (including outline of your presentation) 5. Class presentation of final report, as scheduled in class, 10% 6. Final exam, scheduled by the university, 30%


UBC GEOG 331 Course Outline

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UBC GEOG 331 Course Outline

Schedule of Topics and Readings GEOG 331: Social Geographies of Health and Health Care Date September 3 8 10 15 17 22 24 29 October 1 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 29 November 3 5 10 12 17 19 24 26 Lecture topic/class activity Course introduction A brief history of (health) geography Fundamental concepts in (health) geography Concepts, contd Theoretical approaches Theory, contd Health research methods Methods, contd Peer evaluations Textbook reading* Chapter 1 Ch. 2 Ch. 3 Assignment #1 due; peer evaluations Notes Assignments issued.

Methods, contd The determinants of health: the Ch. 4 population health perspective Thanksgiving: No classes, the university is closed. Determinants, contd Critiques of population health Geog 331 Class Cancelled Health care services: provision and Ch. 5 access Health care restructuring Environment and health Ch. 7 & 8 Environmental health, contd Ch. 9 Environmental health, contd Student presentations Student presentations Student presentations Student presentations Final exam review

Assignment #2 due.

Final assignments due; student presentations begin Student presentations Student presentations Student presentations Last class; final exam review

** Additional readings may be placed on reserve in the GIC. You will be notified of any changes to the schedule, lecture topics and reading requirements. Lecture periods toward the end of term will be used for group presentations of term projects. Note that all materials presented by your peers can be tested on the final exam.