DV472      Half Unit
Covid-19 pandemic: health, socio-economic and political implications for development (Special Topics in International Development)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Arjan Gjonça


This course is available on the MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Health and International Development and MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This year the course will focus on “Covid 19 pandemic: health, socio-economic and political implications for development” and will be run by Dr Arjan Gjonça. The main epidemiological, health, socio-economic and developmental issues related to the most important global health issue of the past 100 years will be addressed in this course. Some of the main topics to be covered are: Understanding Covid-19 pandemic – trends, patterns and differentials; Understanding the data, and assumptions in modelling the pandemic - Sensitivity and accuracy of the estimates; Health system readiness and public health intervention in the case of Covid–19; Demographic and health implications of Covid-19 pandemic; The implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights; Covid 19 pandemic in conflict and crisis regions. Drug discovery, production/supply/distribution, and patents in the Covid 19 pandemic; Globalisation in a post Covid 19 Pandemic – Implications for the role of international organisation; Globalisation in a post Covid 19 Pandemic – Implications for funding in development.


20 hours of seminars in the MT.

This is a 20-hour seminar course, running in 10 sessions in MT. Each session is 2-hour long and will focus on a particular topic. 

For each session up to four readings will be given in advance of the seminar. Students will be asked to read the literature in advance and discuss their findings in an intercative debate during the seminar, monitored and led by the academic instructor. For certain topics, special designed policy-relevant tasks will be assigned and team discussion and debate will be encouraged. A general reading list for the course will be provided at the start of the course.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

A detailed reading list will be provided at the start of the course each year.


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills