In this project we plan to develop a one-week joint course between Umeå University and the University of Cape Town focusing on various power relations that affect Global Health including coloniality, intersectionality, gender, social norms, politics and economic relations, not only between Global North and Global South but also within each respective country.
The course will be given as a free-standing winter School course at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a free-standing summer course in Umeå University in Sweden.
For the students to challenge these power relations, the course will focus on improving their ability to communicate science effectively and to engage in various Global Health platforms. Students will learn to critically think about power relations that shape global health and develop science communication skills, allowing them to raise their voices in scientific discourse and policy debates nationally and internationally.
The project will help us plan and conduct a virtual joint course that aims to:
Develop science communication skills for effective dissemination of research in posters and oral presentations in national and international conferences and through journals, blogs, and social media.
Introduce and boost students’ content knowledge about power dynamics in global health including coloniality, intersectionality, gender, social norms, politics and economic relations.
Boost and facilitate networking opportunities of students in the two countries and share their knowledge, thoughts and research.
Foster collaborative working relationships between (and within) South Africa and Sweden amongst both the faculty and students.
Provide a platform to aid learning through constructive discussion in order to build mutual respect.
Utilise digital technologies in a meaningful and inclusive way to engage with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
The planned course will require active participation from students looking to improve their skills in scientific communication. We aim to adopt a pedagogic approach which utilises active learning methods. During the course, students will be expected to read the relevant learning materials and engage in brief online seminars to become familiar with the main concepts and outcomes. After the seminars, students will have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice by engaging in a series of short structured exercises and activities aimed at skill- and capacity-building such as debates, written exercises (blogging and policy briefs) and presentations. As a final evaluation, students will select a topic to present on the last day of the course.