Society, Culture and Health

UAB Barcelona Summer School

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

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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.

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Week programme

Society, Culture 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