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

Barcelona, Spain
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Mon 11/18/2019 - Wed 11/20/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Judith Holzer

Focuses on the economic, financial, political, and social causes for the growth of social inequalities, in both developed and underdeveloped countries, and its consequences for health and quality of life. Emphasizes the analysis of public policies that have been developed by national and international agencies and how they have impacted the growth of those inequalities. Analyzes social class, race, and gender inequalities and their reproduction through national and international policies. Also emphasizes the increasing concentration of power and the way it appears in health and vital statistics. 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. Understand how globalization impacts the economy
  2. Distinguish the difference between the globalization and regionalization of economies
  3. Identify 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

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time JHSPH students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer or Pam Davis prior to registering

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 3 days in Barcelona. Students must physically be in Barcelona to participate. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the course in order to participate in classroom debates. The final paper will be due on Dec 20, 2019.