ECM186-Social Policy of Health and Ageing

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Samantha Benvinda Rawlings


Summary module description:
Many developed countries are characterised by changing demographic trends. In particular, the domestic population is ageing, but they are also facing increased flows of international, relatively young, migrants in a globalised economy. By contrast, some developing countries are characterised by high proportions of the young. These changes to the demographics give rise to major economic and social issues, some of which are considered in other modules. However, ECM186 concentrates on (i) the effects of ageing on the demands for health care, including appropriate policies to cope with the burgeoning demands and (ii) health care in developing economies.

The module is intended to equip students with an understanding of contemporary problems in health care, set in an economic and demographic framework, for both the UK and internationally.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module, students should:

•have developed an understanding of the main health care models in the UK and a selection of other countries;
•have developed an appropriate economic framework and set of tools for analysing the issues;
•be able to analyse the effectiveness or otherwise of different policy options using the economic framework.

Additional outcomes:
Students are required to give class presentations on their projects. Therefore, through the classes, students are encouraged to improve their presentation skills before an audience of their peers. Students also develop their writing, drafting, team work and research skills.

Outline content:
This module considers the economics of health care, comparing conditions and models in Britain, the USA and Western Europe with those in Asia, Africa and South America. The module also looks at age differences and the implications of demographic change for health care policy. The module develops the necessary tools for analysing the problems and discusses different policy models.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module uses a combination of lectures and seminars. The latter are used for students to present the results of their projects to their peers and to encourage discussion of the contrasting experiences of different countries

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 21
Guided independent study 159 20
Total hours by term 180.00 20.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Project output other than dissertation 25
Class test administered by School 15

Other information on summative assessment:

One 3,000 word project (25%) and a written test (15%). 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:
One 2-hour unseen written paper, intended to be comprehensive of everything covered in the module.
Postgraduate examinations are held in the Summer term.

Requirements for a pass:
A minimum weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination for all modules takes place in August/September of the same year.
Re-assessment is by examination only; coursework is not included at the second attempt.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

Things to do now