Society, Culture and Health

UAB Barcelona Summer School

01 Culture, Society and Health - Juan Manuel Leyva-Moral

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students and Alumni UAB Premium+ : 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Belltaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period:  12 July to 30 July, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before May 16 will get 20% discount.  

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Enrolment guidelines


The UAB aims is to provide this course on-site. However, we are also prepared to switch to online-only mode when governmental restrictions are introduced or in place because of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Due to this uncertain situation, we will announce the approach and interaction forms concerning this course at a later stage in 2021 (June-July).



Juan Leyva-Moral has a Ph.D. in Nursing from the European University of Madrid. He is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing of the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He coordinates the Research Group on Vulnerability and Health (GRIVIS) in which he carries out a line of research on sexual diversities, gender, sexual health and humanization of care. He is a member of the Center of Global Nursing (Houston, USA) at Texas Woman’s University where he participates in several studies on global health as a result of his postdoctoral visit. He is a member of the Nursing Research Group, EBHC South America: A Joanna Briggs Institute Affiliated Group (Lima, Peru). He is an associate editor at BMC Nursing journal and a reviewer for various international nursing journals. He is the author of numerous publications in international journals focused on improving care for people in vulnerable situations.

Alba Planella, nurse, graduated in 2015 (UAB) with an Erasmus program in Sweden. More than 3 years of experience in Assisted Reproduction at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and 2 years of experience in Denmark working both in elderly care and emergency room. Currently working as an adjunct professor at the UAB and as a community nurse in a Primary Care Center in Barcelona.

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Week programme

Culture, Society and Health
 Week   Contents Teaching/learning activities
  1. Introduction: Conceptual differences between race, ethnicity, culture, community, among others.
  2. Beliefs in health and disease in different cultural groups in our context
  3. The social determinants of health.
  4. Humanized Care




Narrative Photography

  1. Transcultural nursing.
  2. Cultural competence: awareness, knowledge, skills and need.
  3. Biopower. Biomedical model vs. social model




Narrative Photography

  1. Concepts of sex and gender. What is the gender perspective?
  2. Gender spectrum.
  3. Sexist, racist and lgtbiqphobic violence. Early detection and prevention. Impact on the health of individuals and communities.
  4. Intersectionality




Narrative Photography



  • Written essay. Date: 26/July/2021
  • Oral presentation. Date: 28/July/2021
  • On-line self-assessment. Date: 26/July/2021

Any sign of plagiarism will be reported to the coordinator to elevate the event to the appropriate committee and take the necessary measures that may involve the immediate suspension of the subject.

Each activity must be passed with a minimum of 4 points to be able to calculate the final grade. In case of counting the subject will appear as suspended and the student will have to recover in the established dates


Links and references

Blas, E., & Sivasankara Kurup, A. (2010). Equity, social determinants and public health programmes . World Health Organization.

Blas, E., Sommerfeld, J., & Sivasankara Kurup, A. (2011). Social determinants approaches to public health: from concept to practice. World Health Organization.

Cisney, V. W., & Morar, N. (2015). Biopower: Foucault and Beyond. Chicaco. University of Chicago Press.

Feldman, H.C. (2019). LGBT Discrimination. Sand Diego. ReferencePoint Press.

Gentle-Genitty, C., Renguette, C. (2018). Gender Violence: Prevalence, Implications, and Global Perspectives. New York Nova Science Publishers

Hancock, A. M. (2016). Intersectionality: an intellectual history. Oxford. Oxford University Press

Hill Colins, P., & Bilge, S. (2016). Intersectionality. Oxford. Polity Press

Jongen, C., McCalman, J., Bainbridge, R., & Clifford, A. (2017). Cultural Competence in Health : A Review of the Evidence. London. Springer

Leavitt, R. (2010). Cultural Competence : A Lifelong Journey to Cultural Proficiency. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc

Leininger, M.M., & McFarland, M. R. (2006). Culture care diversity and universality: a worldwide nursing theory. Massachusetts.Jones and Bartlett Learning

Lowell, K. (2016). Cultural Competence : Elements, Developments and Emerging Trends. Hauppauge, New York : Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

McFarland, M. R., & Hiba B. Wehbe-Alamah. (2018). Leininger’s transcultural nursing: concepts, theories, research, & practice. New York. McGraw-Hill

Purnell, L.D. & Paulanka, B.J. (2003). Transcultural health care : a culturally competent approach. Philadelphia. Davies

Smalley, K.B., Warren, J.C., Barefoot, K.N. (2018). LGBT Health : Meeting the Needs of Gender and Sexual Minorities. New York : Springer

Vlassoff, C. (2017). Gender in Health and Illness. International Encyclopedia of Public Health.  v. 3, p26-35

Watson, J. (1099). Nursing: human science and human care: a theory of nursing. Sudbury, Mass. : Jones and Bartlett Publishers