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Global Health, Security & Sustainability (UNIB30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeUNIB30002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

"Global health, Security & Sustainability" is a new and exciting subject that explores the root causes of disease, poverty, injustice and inequity that exist in the world today.

It will feature eminent speakers from a range of academic disciplines to provide students with diverse approaches to examining, understanding and addressing old and new threats to health, security and sustainability. Students will be encouraged to draw on disciplines in law, arts, engineering, economics, biosciences and medicine to explore and understand the depth, complexity and multi dimensionality of current global health challenges.

Case studies will be used to introduce the concept of chains of causation, and provide an overview of the inequity and imbalances in health status, health service provision, and health research between and within countries. The field of view will range from the individual to the global context, including major threats to health, security and sustainability, particularly global warming and the risks of nuclear war. Various academic disciplines will provide alternative perspectives to better understand how health inequities and threats arise, what tools and mechanisms are available to address them, and what we have learned about what works in improving health.

Intended learning outcomes

Students completing the subject should:

  • have a deeper and broader understanding of the nature, causes and complex interactions between important threats to global health, development, security and sustainability
  • have improved their skills in critically analysing complex issues, including being able to explore complex, interlinked chains of causation which link the experience of individuals with local, national, regional and global issues
  • appreciate the complementary and synergistic contributions different disciplines can make to addressing complex challenges
  • be familiar with a variety of tools and mechanisms for addressing threats to global health, development, security and sustainability
  • have strengthened their ability to work with others with diverse skills and backgrounds
  • be better equipped to work in international settings, especially in more resource-constrained settings
  • to be better equipped to decide on potential academic careers or employment in global issues

Generic skills

Analytical thinking, report writing including referencing, research, public speaking, team work and communication skills, diplomacy, time management, prioritising and organisational skills.

Eligibility and requirements


It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in this subject have completed first and second year requirements in their Course.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 1,000 word written piece due mid semester (30%)
  • 3,000 word written piece due at the end of semester (60%)
  • Oral presentation, participation in discussions (10%)
  • Attendance in 75% of the tutorials as hurdle requirement

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorBrigitte Tenni
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

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Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 14 August 2019