Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Gender and Health

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for Labour Studies

DESCRIPTION The proposed unit will explore the ways in which biological, psychological, behavioural, socio-cultural, economic and political factors affect the health of the different genders. The multi-factorial nature of health shall be investigated and the cost of ill-health shall be identified. Special con-sideration shall be given to health and safety at work as viewed through a gender lens and shall encompass the identification and analysis of such issues as well as relevant corrective measures.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to introduce students to the multidimensional nature of gender and health, with a particular emphasis on health at work, facilitating students’ awareness of the topic and fostering their ability to analyse and critically review this subject.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe the basic concepts of health within the different genders;
- Recognise the effect of biological, psychological, behavioural, socio-cultural, economic and political factors on health within the different genders;
- Comprehend the toll of chronic diseases, disorders, injuries and men-tal ill-health on the different genders;
- Identify how gender and health, along with health systems, vary both domestically and globally;
- Recognise the effect of the various forms of work on health and gen-der, including domestic work, working from home and the sexual divi-sion of labour;
- Understand the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as viewed through a gender lens, including risk assessment, control measures and relevant safety standards and legislature;
- Discuss the promotion of health within the workplace and the devel-opment of gender-relevant policy.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss the multi-factorial disparities between the different genders and health; both locally and internationally;
- Identify the effects of work on health and gender;
- Develop tangible solutions and policies an agenda which seeks to con-trol disparities within the health sector and beyond the world of work and beyond.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- World Health Organisation (2006). Gender equality, work and health: A review of the evidence. May be retrieved from
- World Health Organisation (2009). Women and health. May be retrieved from
- Government of Malta (2000). Occupational Health and Safety Authority Act (Chapter 424).
- Malta Health and Safety Authority Reference Materials. Website:

Supplementary Readings:

- Chadder, P., & Duncan, M. (2014). Health and safety at work essentials. UK: Lawpack publishing Ltd.
- Savona-Ventura, C., Buttiegieg, G. G., & Gatt, M. (2009). Obstetric outcomes in immigrants of African nationality. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine; 2009, Vol. 21 Issue 3, 147-152.
- Wilkins, D., Payne, S., Granville, G. & Branney, P. (2008). The Gender and Access to Health Services Study. Department of Health UK. May be retrieved from


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Luke Anthony Fiorini
Marceline Naudi

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