SFOK18005U  Obesity in a cross disciplinary perspective

Volume 2018/2019
Education

MSc in Public Health Science - elective course

MSc in Global Health - elective course

MSc in Health Informatics - elective course

MSc in Health Science - elective course

MSc in Human Biology - elective course

BSc in Public Health Science - elective course

 

Content

In this course we will work with aspects of obesity from different disciplinary perspectives: epidemiology, history, law, philosophy, sociology, policy analysis, history and public health science. We present different theories about both why so many people become obese and what can be done to prevent and tackle obesity. We will discuss whether a disease label is beneficial. We will deal with what it is like to live with obesity; how obese people are seen by themselves and by others, including the media, and we will study stigmatisation. We will study why and how politicians, organisations and society address obesity. We will study obesity and relaetd issues in different countries. The aim is both to increase the knowledge of different aspects of obesity and the awareness of how different research disciplines construct and frame the issues related to obesity.

 

Learning Outcome

After the course the students are expected to have:

Knowledge about:

  • different theories about causes of rise in obesity prevalence
  • theories about stigma and obesity
  • policies alternatives
  • ethical and legal aspects of obesity and obesity interventions

 

Skills to:

  • use theories in analyses of different aspects of obesity
  • demonstrate knowledge about obesity from different disciplinary perspectives

 

Competencies:

  • to be able to by using theories from different disciplines to analyse obesity in its various aspects

Texts, mainly research based articles, will be uploaded in Absalon before the course starts

The students shall preferably have some knowledge about both health and social sciences.
Teaching takes place as lectures, exercises, students’ presentations and discussions. Teachers come from the faculties of science, health and medical sciences, law and humanities, and include social scientist employed at these faculties.
Written
Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The students will get written feedback on their first paper, they shall give each other feedback on the second paper, they will get oral feedback on the poster and on the oral presentation.

Credit
10 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The final paper is individual and should be handed in via digital exam and graded with an exteral examiner. Length 10 pages.

The final paper weighs 100 % of the assessment.
Exam registration requirements

In order to have the final paper graded the students need to write two smaller papers, make one poster and one oral presentation. These can be made in groups of not more than three students. The passing of these elements are registered by the course leader.

If a student fail in some of these element retries will be an option. 

 

 

 

Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

Please see the hand-in date for the final paper in the exam schedule

Re-exam

Retries will be possible during the course for those elements, which are integrated in the course.

Please see the re-exam hand-in date for the final paper in the exam schedule.

Criteria for exam assesment

To achieve the grade 12, the student must be able to have

Knowledge about:

  • different theories about causes of rise in obesity prevalence
  • theories about stigma and obesity
  • policies alternatives
  • ethical and legal aspects of obesity and obesity interventions

 

Skills to:

  • use theories in analyses of different aspects of obesity
  • demonstrate knowledge about obesity from different disciplinary perspectives

 

Competencies

  • to be able to by using theories from different disciplines to analyse obesity in its various aspects
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • Exam
  • 100
  • Preparation
  • 140
  • Total
  • 270