MEDFL5355 – Reproductive and sexual health and rights in global health

Course content

The students are recruited from health sciences and possibly legal sciences. A multidisciplinary mix of students is encouraged. The course gives the students insight into the framework of the various human rights agreements, and applies these to core reproductive and sexual issues. The course covers human rights, reproductive rights, sexual rights controversy, health systems, religion, legal issues, ethical issues and sensitive topics. – It covers a general overview of human rights instruments, applied to sensitive issues like abortion, violence, sexual preferences, substance abuse and pregnancy, teenage sexuality, among other issues. The course is convened through external experts in the field and the course leader. The first four days are lecture-based plus facilitated discussions (2 hours).

  • Introduction to SRHR in a broad context and recent case controversies, Eszter Kismody, Geneve
  • Legal issues (center for Human Rights, Law faculty)
  • Religion and sexuality (History of religion)
  • Health Systems issues (HELSAM)
  • Teenage pregnancy and sexuality, sex education (HELSAM)
  • Pregnancy and substance abuse, LAR (case study, multiple presenters)
  • Violence against women (HELSAM)
  • Complex ethics (case discussion)

Learning outcome

The students will understand more about the political and legal and religious background for controversies in health care delivery. The students will understand how health is influenced by gender, political and legal issues. The students will be able to discuss health ethics with a multicultural understanding. The students will learn how to apply a human rights framework in research on sensitive issues. The students will understand how research evidence can be translated to policy through various mechanisms.

 

Knowledge

This course will give you knowledge about

  • the basic principles of human rights,
  • how human rights came about and how they have been interpreted for sexual and reproductive Health,
  • the various human rights instruments,
  • how religious texts have dealt with human rights issues, and why the debates are so heated,
  • political and legal and religious background for controversies in health care delivery
  • how health is influenced by gender, political and legal issues

Skills

This course will give you skills to

  • analyse access, utilization and coverage of reproductive health services
  • engage with and influence rights based policies through evidence and use of human rights declarations
  • discuss health ethics with a multicultural understanding
  • to apply a human rights framework in research on sensitive issues

General competence

  • The course will enable students to understand and influence how sensitive issues may be dealt with in a wider political and health context, and how cultural, religious, societal and political issues influence health behavior and outcomes.
  • The students will give you insight into how research evidence can be translated to policy through various mechanisms

Admission

The course is restricted to students at the Medical Student Research Programme at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, UiO.

Students apply in StudentWeb.

The courses MEDFL5355 and HES9355 have common admission

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of health issues.

Teaching

Mostly lectures and classroom discussions, and small group discussions.

Examination

The PhD students will write an essay as an exam – the student essay should choose one SRHR dilemma of their choice (ex. abortion, sex education, violence, LGTB, prenatal diagnosis, etc) and a particular setting, and discuss how this dilemma is addressed, in the law, care provision and human rights framework in this setting, and argue for a particular point of view for a policy. The student should draw upon published evidence for their argument.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

3

Level

Master

Teaching

Every spring

Teaching 2018:

26 February to 1 March

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English