Unit 1 - Political Economy Approaches to AMR and Infectious Diseases Research

Unit Introduction

Unit Title:

Political Economy of Antimicrobial Resistance and Infectious Diseases (AMR/ID) in Livestock Systems

This unit was delivered by Dr. Mehroosh Tak, RVC and Mr. Adam Willman, SOAS

Unit Description

The lecture is divided into three sections. The first section introduces the structure of the course, assessment and requirements to achieve credits. An ice-breaker game will be played to create space for participants to get to know each other. The second section will describe how political economy as a discipline can help better understand socio-economic and political determinants of AMR/ID and the relevance of this course. Particular attention will be paid to concept of meatification of diets and industrial livestock disease complex. In the final section, we introduce political economy approaches, where ontological and epistemological difference between political economy and natural sciences are explored.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lecture the students will be able to:

  1. Identify political economy questions in relation to AMR and infectious disease in livestock systems research
  2. Apply the concept of meatification of diets in relation to a country of their choice
  3. Describe the industrial livestock disease complex
  4. Distinguish ontological and epistemological differences between natural and social science approaches to research