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Rating: 15 credits

Prerequisites: None

Lectures: 1 hour per week semester A

Seminars: 2 hours per week semester A


Annotated Bibliography (30%) 
Review Essay (30%) Due: 
In-Class Quiz (15%) 
Poster and Presentation (25%)

Module Aims and Outline:
This module helps students to develop their written, critical reasoning, and teamwork skills. It develops general and academic communication skills for the specific context of global health. Students are introduced to a diversity of communication styles for different audiences, and learn how to examine and produce academic and professional texts from a variety of sources. Students will also explore how to critically assess and write persuasive and logical arguments for a variety of purpose.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • understand research and writing in global health
  • understand how to identify and translate what it means to critically engage with the literature in the field of global health
  • understand the contested nature of global health scholarship
  • understand basic study skills for reading and writing more effectively
  • access learning resources
  • work in a group and organize a group project
  • give presentations
  • have a more reflective attitude towards methods of learning
  • read and critique multidisciplinary texts related to global health
  • understand and use conceptual and analytical frameworks for analysing and understanding global health issues
  • evaluate the work of global health scholars

D. R.  Forsyth (2006) Group Dynamics (4th edn, Belmont CA.: Thomson Wadsworth Publishing) Ch. 1

Paulus (2000). ‘Group, Teams, and Creativity: The Creative Potential of Idea-generating Groups’. Applied Psychology, 49(2), 237–262.

Massey University (1999-2010), How to identify academic resources. Available:

S. Cottrell (2003) The study skills handbook, 2nd edn, Palgrave, Basingstoke.A Lock and VK Nguyen 

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