Global Health and Human Rights

Global Health and Human Rights

Global Health and Human Rights will define the theoretical foundations of human rights and their links to global health; introduce students to the existing human rights protection mechanisms; explore the organisation and functioning of health systems at the local and global levels; and address various public health issues where global health and human rights collide.

The course will also include visits to or teaching by professionals from WHO (World Health Organization), UN-OHCHR (United Nations Office of the High Commissionner for Human Rights), IOM (International Organization for Migration), ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), among other organizations. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to:
  • Define the basic concepts of human rights and global health
  • Analyse and explain the links between global health and human rights
  • Identify the primary international human rights law instruments of importance to health  
By the end of the course, the participants should be familiar with:
  • The impact of globalization on the health of populations
  • Health and human rights challenges UN Agencies are confronted with
  • The application of public health tools to the surveillance of human rights implementation
By the end of the training module, the participants should be able to:
  • Integrate Global Health and Human Rights issues into professional practice
  • Promote human rights in the field of public and community health

Validation

The Summer School will be validated through attendance, participation, group work and presentations
After completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva.
Credits: Equivalence of 6 ECTS (European Credits Transfer)

Subjects

  • International Human Rights
  • Public Health
  • International Health

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This course asks how we should understand the various political movements that claim to act in the name of Islam. What do the Islamic State and the various affiliates of al-Qaeda in the Middle East have in common with each other, or with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, among others? What distinguishes these movements from the Taliban in Afghanistan or Boko Haram in West Africa? Why do some of these groups act or inspire others to carry out attacks in Europe and North America? To what extent can they be explained in political terms, and what exactly is the role of religion? How do they compare with non-Islamic terrorist or revolutionary movements?

This course will address these and other questions by going beyond the conventional geopolitical and Western journalistic perspectives. We will examine the historical roots of political Islam, trace the origins of the movement known as Salafism and the changing uses of the term jihad. We will also look in depth at the discussions that Islamists have amongst themselves, how they see themselves and what they stand for. We will look at the jihadist poetry and the religious debates they conduct between themselves, as well as ask how people in the affected regions, especially writers and intellectuals, view the movements. Finally, there will be sessions addressing practical questions, such as how do Islamist groups acquire their weapons, and how does the global oil market affect Islamism?

Interdisciplinary by its very nature, the course is taught by distinguished faculty in a variety of fields from Europe and the United States, as well as experts from the international community in Geneva.

The course will treat the following topics, among others:

  • The origins and nature of Salafism
  • The changing uses of the term “jihad.”
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  • The View from Moscow: Russia and Islam; Russia and the Middle East
  • The poetry of the Islamic State; How do jihadists represent themselves?
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Equivalence of 4 ECTS credits

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Understanding Humanitarian Action

This summer school provides participants with an understanding of the main stakes and questions in humanitarian action and contributes to building critical thinking.

The first week introduces the main concepts of humanitarian aid – including elements that should be considered (or not) when defining humanitarian action – and presents the humanitarian principles and framework in which assistance activities take place. Besides history, law and geopolitics of humanitarian action, we also analyse the context and the characteristics of humanitarian crises and the various types of responses.

Through case studies from contexts such as Philippines, Syria, Haiti or Afghanistan, the main operational challenges faced by international and national organisations will be identified during the second week. Finally, working on a concrete scenario during two days, participants will partially experience the tasks undertaken by humanitarian workers and get the opportunity to practically apply their newly acquired knowledge.
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Assessments are based on active participation and an assignment carried out during the two days. Upon successful completion of the course, participants are evaluated based on a group presentation on the last days of the two-weeks summer school (equivalence of 4 ECTS). Students wanting to acquire 6 ECTS have the opportunity to do so on the basis of a satisfactory take-home paper, to be written within a week after the end of the summer school.

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