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The Political Economy of Social inequalities and Its Consequences for Health and Quality of Life

Course Status

Barcelona, Spain
2nd Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Focuses on how current world-wide crises (such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate variations, and the financial economic crisis) are causing the growth of social inequalities in both developed and underdeveloped countries and its consequences for health and quality of life. Analyzes social class, race, gender, and national inequalities and their reproduction through national and international policies. Emphasizes the relationship that exists between and among these different kinds of inequalities, and the increasing concentration of economic, financial, and political power and its consequences in the growth of those inequalities of health and quality of life indicators. Requires active participation of the students in the discussion of the issues involved.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify how globalization impacts the economy
  2. Distinguish the difference between the globalization and regionalization of economies
  3. Describe what changes are occurring in public health and social policies that are attributable to the process of globalization
  4. Identify the causes of the recent growth in social inequalities
  5. Distinguish what are the health and social consequences of greater inequality
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% In class debates
  • 50% Final Paper
Enrollment Restriction
undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section
Special Comments

This course will not be offered in Barcelona, Spain this year but through a combo of pre-recorded lectures and live Zoom sessions (offered at specified times).