Society and Health: International Cooperation in Health

  • code 09817
  • course 4
  • term Semester 1
  • type op
  • credits 4

Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan,

 Sem.1  TU 10:00 12:00 
 Sem.1  WE 08:00 10:00 
 Sem.1  FR 08:00 10:00 

Teaching staff

Head instructor

Dra. María Ángeles DE JUAN -

Office hours

Students may contact teachers by appointment via e-mail or after the lectures.


Society and Health is a course aimed at 4th year students. Although it belongs to the Community specialization, it may be extended to students of Clinical specialization. In the International specialization the subject International Cooperation in Health has 3 ECTS in common with this subject. This subject is an introduction to development cooperation projects from a nursing perspective. How can a nurse participate in all stages? The Society and Health course will also develop some issues from a not only international but regional and local perspective.  

Pre-course requirements

Not required


  1. Reflect on the impact that a help relationship can have on people who have experienced situations of disadvantage.
  2. Provide tools to plan and prepare a cooperation for development project in all its phases.


  • 10. B - Protecting the health and welfare of individuals or groups by ensuring their safety.
  • 11. E - Establish effective communication with patients, families, social groups and partners and promote health education.
  • 19. B - Ability to make decisions based on critical thinking and reflective practice.
  • 22. G - Use and management of information and research
  • 23. B - Ability to analyze and synthesize.
  • 24. G - Ability to work autonomously.
  • 28. E - Leadership in nursing care and in nursing teams to improve quality care for people, participation in health policy and professional development.
  • 4. B - Understand the interactive behavior of the person according to their gender, group or community, within their social and multicultural context.
  • 5. G - Design systems of care programed for people or groups, assessing their impact and making necessary modifications.
  • 6. E - Base nursing care on scientific evidence and available resources.
  • 7. B - Understand people without prejudice, considering their physical, psychological and social aspects, as autonomous and independent individuals, ensuring respect for their opinions, beliefs and values, ensuring their right to privacy through confidentiality and professional secrecy.
  • 9. E - Promote healthy lifestyles, self-care, as well as the maintenance of therapeutic and preventive behaviors.

Learning outcomes

At the end of course "Society and Health", the student will be able to:

  • Identify environmental and social factors that influence health.
  • Appreciate the importance of food and its risks.
  • Understand the importance of the relationship between health, urban planning, housing and environment.
  • Understand the city as a more social and ecological human place.
  • Elaborate care plans, incorporating elements of the cultural context of the user within Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • Propose strategies to empower people and communities.
  • Recognize health promotion and health education as fundamental tools in order to encourage individuals and communities to maintain and especially to improve their state of health.
  • Understanding the principles that determine behaviours related to health, maintenance, retention and modification.
  • Plan, design, implement and evaluate health programmes aimed at the community.
  • Identify action strategies for health promotion.
  • Identify the different health agents within the community.
  • Recognize the different cultures living in our society. 


  • How to develop an International Cooperation Project: stages of the project design. Projects examples in Africa; Latin America; India; etc.
  • Get to know the field: how to make health diagnosis. Evaluation of the health status of the Community. Working with leaders, community agents.
  • Help relationship help in important disadvantaged situations.
  • Home cures and opinions. Home remedies: healing without medicine. 
  • Seminars and workshops about: training health workers; sessions for parents; workshops for children in schools; health literacy; home visits; health care; prevention workshops.
  • Request for institutional aid for development cooperation projects.
  • Dissemination of information: newspapers, radio, television and the Internet; participation in conferences, articles in scientific journals, etc. Photography Seminar: Photographs for the project.  
  • Research: research projects on Health Cooperation programmes

Teaching and learning activities

  • The methodology will be varied, generally having one session focus on the professor exposition and others focused on exercises in the classroom. Among other activities there will be workshops, seminars (photography, video, etc.), discussions, role-playing, etc. In addition, participants will be invited in cooperation projects of an international scope

  • For students enrolled in English for Nursing 1 (09826), International Cooperation and Health (09824) and Transcultural Nursing (09823) there will be a common project to develop English communication competencies and integrate and apply the content of the three subjects.  This activity consists of a 30-minute oral presentation and written work which will be tutored and evaluated through the three subjects.  International Cooperation and Health and Transcultural Nursing will focus on the content, and English for Nursing will focus on the communication skills.

Evaluation systems and criteria

There will be continuous assessment will that will take into consideration the following:

  • Participation (attendance, active participation, etc.) and exercises in class 20%. 
  • Workshops and seminars on prevention and health promotion. Group projects and oral presentation 50% (a 20 minute workshop will be worth 35% and a 5 min one will be worth 15%).
  • Exercise projects photography (will be held individually and independently and sent through the virtual platform Moodle) 5%.
  • Exercise: writing a news release about a project (it will be held individually and independently and sent through the virtual platform moodle) 10%.
  • Exercise for the Unit 3 (resilience and help relationship in disadvantaged situations) 15%

In the first resit the results of the ongoing evaluation will be taken into account. The mark obtained for participation and class exercises is not taken into account in first resit assessment. All the exercises that have been failed must be retaken.

For the second and third resit the same criteria applies as for the first and second.

 Before enrolling again in the subject please check compatibility with other subjects.

 Honors will not be awarded in the first resit.

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