Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic: an interdisciplinary approach

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

To analyse the pandemic from multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives in order to achieve a better understanding of the generation of knowledge used to understand and address an unprecedent global health threat in society. Further, to reflect upon different approaches to complexity and uncertainty for better preparedness for new crisis.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge. The candidate ...

-understands the complexity and uncertainty in the development of evidence regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

- understands the need of different  disciplines, methods, processes and stakeholders in research and educationprojects related to the pandemic 

- can contribute to the development of new transdisciplinary knowledge, new theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field

Skills. The candidate ...

- can formulate complex problems, research and scholarly and/or artistic development work incorporating different perspectives

- can be part of research and scholarly and/or artistic research work of a high international standard

- can handle complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field

General competence. The candidate ...

- can identify new relevant ethical issues and carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity

- can discuss complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects

- can assess the need for, initiate and practice innovation

ECTS Credits


Level of Study

master and Ph.D

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
University Master student or completed BSc
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Good knowledge of the English language, both written and oral
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
SDG928 - complete overlap
Access to the Course
PhD students at any Faculty are the main group. Students enrolled at any Faculty at UiB in their last year of Master studies. The course is especially recommended to students attending the master programme in Global Health, students enrolled in similar Master programmes at UiB and medical students. Students enrolled in PhD and Master programmes at other partner universities can also attend.
Teaching and learning methods
  • Face to face lectures, including Case-based learning (CBL) and Team based learning (TBL), three hours before lunch (9:00-12:00), three hours after lunch (12:30-15:30) for one week (last day as part of international conference)
  • Group work based on previously defined exercises every afternoon during one weeks and work on individual assignments

    Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • 80% attendance on practical sessions like group work is required
  • Accepted presentation of group work
  • Electronic course evaluation
  • For PhD accepted essay
  • Forms of Assessment

    Evaluation of group work presentations (passed/failed - bestått/ikke bestått)

    (For PhD students, essay (3000 words))

    Grading Scale
    Assessment Semester
    Reading List
    Leganto via MittUiB
    Course Evaluation
    Evaluation every third year
    Examination Support Material
    Preparation for the presentation will take place in groups, and all support material can be used. The presentation and questions answered in the examination will reflect the knowledge and skills of the student.
    Programme Committee
    Programme Committee for medical education (PUM)
    Course Coordinator
    Professor Esperanza Diaz 
    Course Administrator
    Andrea Magugliani