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Høst 2014

HEL-3011 Peace, Health and Medical Work - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for klinisk medisin

Type of course

The subject may be studied as a singular course, or as an elective module in some study programs.

Course contents

The course focuses on positive and negative approaches to peace, provides theoretical and analytical tools for comprehending the basic mechanisms of medical peace work, and introduces necessary skills, knowledge and values. The module's main objective is to create awareness about the potential role of health professionals in violence prevention and sustainable peace building

Application deadline

International students: April 15th, Nordic students: June 1st, Registered UIT-studentes in certain programs: September 1st

Admission requirements

A bachelor degree in the health sciences, social sciences, humanities, law or related fields is required. Students in professional master programs not requiring a bachelor degree (i.e. medicine, law, psychology) should have completed the equivalent of a bachelor program

Objective of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should be able to:


Analytical understanding:

Skills and competences:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

There will be a mixture of lectures, group work, student presentations and self study. This will encompass 6.5 weeks work load for the student, including:


Work requirements:


Take-home assignment. Essay of 10-12 pages that will assess the candidates knowledge and understanding of issues underlying the program curriculum.

The written essay will manifest a students ability to reflect and write independently on issues within Peace and Health Studies. The essay will be expected to draw upon the various theoretical and methodological issues, literature and workshops in the course. The deadline for handing in the essay will be approximately nine weeks from the end of the teaching week.

The exam committee will be composed of two censors, one internal and one external to the University of Tromsø.

Grading will be on the scale of Passed or Fail.

In the event of failing the exam, a re-sit exam will be arranged for this course in the following semester

Recommended reading/syllabus

The reading includes about 1000 pages. Half of these can be accessed in the web-based interactive teaching package Medical Peace Work (textbook, e-cases, and questions); another 500 pages have to be selected from a list of relevant articles and book chapters.