Health and Human Rights Course
For decades, academic, medical, and political officials across the globe have known that health and life expectancy are connected not only to the availability of quality health services, but to several “nonmedical” factors, including nations’ degree of economic inequality, their political culture, and their specific value system(s).
Beyond providing clean drinking water and vaccinations against infectious disease, though, what role should governing bodies play in maintaining the health of a population in a nonmedical sense? What role do discrimination, political freedoms (or their absence), and labour policy play in a nation’s health? How useful is the 25th Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family…”? This course will explore each of these questions specifically and the relationship between human rights and health generally for the ACN Summer session in 2013. There is perhaps no better place for students of all national and ethnic backgrounds to explore these questions than Norway, which consistently holds the lead position in several U.N. and World Health Organization measures for global health.
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