Title: Sexual and Reproductive Health
Keywords: Sociology (incl.. socio-cultural aspects)
Sexuality
Sexual & reproductive health
Gender & health
Behavioral aspects (in gen.)
Country: United Kingdom
Institution: UK - Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Course coordinator: Predrag Duric
Date start: 2018-02-27
Date end: 2018-03-29
About duration and dates: 5 weeks; assignment hand in date: to be confirmed
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Field trip
Face to face
Course location: Institute for International Health and Development
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Queen Margaret University Drive
Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6UU
ECTS credit points: 5 ECTS credits
SIT: 150 hours SIT of which 30 hours is teaching contact time, 120 hours self-directed learning
Language: English
Description:
At the end of the module students will be able to:

• Critically examine notions of sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, and the relationships between them
• Identify and critique different theoretical and ideological perspectives underpinning sexual and reproductive health programmes (e.g. neo-Malthusianism versus rights based approaches)
• Analyse how (global and local) power relations, economics and gender affect sexual and reproductive health, interventions and policies
• Use public health and social science evidence and basic demographic indicators to assess the scope of SRH issues and critique sexual and reproductive health programmes.
Assessment Procedures:
3000 word assignment from a choice of subjects which both reflect current topics of interest in the sector and require the participant to draw on a variety of theoretical and strategic approaches.

A copy of the assignment is attached to this document.

If students fail their first assignment submission they can resubmit their assignment for a second diet. According to QMU guidelines the maximum grade that can be awarded for resubmission is 50%. If they fail again, they cannot re-submit that module, but are required to attend the module again, or an alternative module.
Content:
This module draws on a range of social sciences and public health to examine sexual and reproductive health in high, middle and low income settings.
The module consists out of three sections:
I. SRH: History, conceptualisations and principles
II. SRH: Current and on-going issues
III. SRH in practice: Programmes, interventions and services

Key topics covered:
• Historical overview of international conferences relating to gender and SRH, debates and developments in conceptualisations of sexual health and reproductive health (SRH)
• Theoretical and ideological underpinnings of SRH programmes, services and interventions, such as neo-Malthusianism, rights-based approaches, social cognition models, structural drivers, masculinities)
• Epidemiology and social determinants of a range of current sexual health & reproductive health issues, including:
o HIV
o Infertility
o Unsafe abortions
o Maternal mortality
o Gender-based violence (including medical violence, e.g. forced sterilisations, harmful treatments of infertility)
The inter-relationships between these SRH issues (e.g. unsafe abortions-maternal mortality; HIV-SRH) are discussed.
• Political economy of sexual and reproductive health and SRH interventions and programmes (e.g. family planning, assisted reproductive technologies)
• Sexual and reproductive health across the life cycle (special attention for youth and older people)
• Sexual and reproductive health and men
Throughout the module we pay special attention to the (cumulative disadvantage) experienced by members of more vulnerable, socially excluded groups in society.
Methods:
10 interactive lectures of three hours followed by classroom based, facilitated group work (30 hours)

Student led seminars (4 hours); Visit to Adolescent Sexual Health service (3 hours); Debate (2x .5 hour).

Self directed learning 112 hours:
• Private reading, guided by questions set by tutor: 40 hrs
• Group work on a current SRH issue of students choice: 4 hrs. Group work can be carried out on and off campus, face to face or through the virtual learning environment .
• Preparation assignment (essay): 68 hrs.
Prerequisites:
IELTS band 6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in every area.
An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, normally in the social or medical sciences. No other pre-requisites.
Attendance: 25
Selection:
First come, first served.
Fees: SCOT/RUK/EU GBP: 700
International GBP: 1400
Scholarships: None
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Content:
Students indicated that they desire a greater focus on non-African settings and men, and we see an increase in European and American students whose primary interest concerns high income settings. We have therefore expanded attention for high income settings. We added a session on trafficking of Eastern European women and the sex industry and included more attention for Latin America, eastern Europe and the US, for instance in sessions on family planning and abortion.

Students can swap one of the two essential readings for every session with a reading of their choice on the same topic but pertaining to a different geographical area. Students are invited to share lessons from their reading.

In the section of the module where we discuss specific SRH issues, we ensure attention for how these affect women as well as men and the role men have as partners and as people with their own SRH needs.

Furthermore, in the ‘hot topics’ session where students present on a topic of their choice, students are now asked to identify a neglected issue, setting or population group, and one hot topic must pertain to SRH and men.

Because we no longer run our HIV and Development module, and to reflect the mainstreaming of HIV into other health areas we added a session on HIV in the SRH module; it is also addressed in other sessions e.g the session on sexual health promotion.
Student evaluation:
(see also above)
Students generally evaluate the SRH module very positively. They appreciate its multidisciplinary, holistic perspective, the space for interaction and debate in a safe and multi-cultural setting environment and opportunities for peer learning.

The more practical sessions – on delivery of reproductive health services in emergencies and the ‘fieldtrip’ to a sexual health service for young people are highly appreciated. We thus continue with these sessions and have created more space for critical analysis of SRH programmes/ interventions, their underpinning theories and impact. We invite students with practical experience in the field of SRH to reflect on how principles and theory discussed in class relate to what they have seen and experienced.

Students found the debate on ‘infertility treatment in low income settings, luxury or necessity very valuable and stimulating; a second debate on liberalizing abortion was therefore introduced.
Lessons learned:
See above.
Creation of a safe environment and an expectation of respectful dialogue rather than adversarial debate is key to facilitating peer learning and broadening students’ horizons. Although some of the students who take the module are mainly interest in HICs, they greatly value learning about SRH in LICs through literature, lectures and peer exchange. The same goes for students whose primary interest pertains to LICs. Emphasis is placed on seeing differences as well as similarities between different settings.
Use of video materials and debate are experienced as stimulating approaches to learning.
Giving students a choice of readings, asking them to prepare answers to questions about the readings, and brief critical summaries of papers enhances students’ critical engagement with the literature.
The virtual learning environment is a useful tool to consolidate class-based learning through small reflective tasks (e.g. students are asked to select a human right deemed particularly relevant to SRH and explain why on the discussion board).
tropEd accreditation:
Re-accredited in January, 2010 in Heidelberg. Re-accredited in April 2015. This accreditation is valid until April 2020.
Email Address: CEyber@qmu.ac.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-14 08:23:46 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-14 14:33:52 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-06-21 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 16:12:10 (W3C-DTF)

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