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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 18/01/2023 15:15:17

Title of Module: Global Midwifery

Code: MIDW09040 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Liz  Miller

Summary of Module

Module Aim: To critically explore global issues in relation to women’s’ reproductive health and infant wellbeing.

Module Content; This module will explore the wider role of the midwife within  international and political arenas, introducing them to policy drivers and strategy developments within the field of obstetrics and maternal and fetal health and wellbeing.  The international/political role of the midwife and position of women in society will be critically explored in detail including:

  • Female genital mutilation
  • Cultural complexities
  • Global Infant gender issues
  • Child/forced marriage
  • Traditional birth attendant
  • Sexual exploitation internationally
  • Gender Inequality
  • International provision of midwifery care
  • International organisations (Global Respectful Maternity Care Council, International Monetary Fund, International Confederation of Midwives, World Health Organisation, UNICEF)




  • The holistic promotion, support and maintenance of breastfeeding will be reviewed and assessed in relation to an overall, comprehensive and detailed knowledge and understanding of UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative University Standards (UNICEF,2019):Theme1:Understanding breastfeeding; Theme2:Support infant feeding; Theme3 Support close and loving relationships;Theme4:manage the challenges; Theme 5; promote positive communication

  • This module will support students to develop characteristics which can contribute to the UWS graduate attributes, which are: Universal(critical thinker, analytical, inquiring, culturally aware, emotionally intelligent, ethically minded, collaborative, research-minded and socially responsible); Work-ready (knowledgeable, digitally literate, problem solver, effective communicator, influential, motivated, potential leader, enterprising and ambitious)and Successful (autonomous, incisive, innovative, creative, imaginative, resilient, driven, daring and transformational) (I am UWS ,2018).

  • Module content maps to the Educational Framework for Pre-registration Midwifery adapted from the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (Renfrew et al, 2014) to levels: • Educational Content - Professional and Personal Development • Student Values • Students

  • NMC Proficiencies 2019: 1.3,1.6,1.8,1.9,1.10,,1.16,1.171,1.172,1.173,1.23,2.1,2.2,2.8,2.9,2.12,3.1,3.2,3.4,3.5, 3.6,3.7,3.15,3.21,3.22,3.27,4.1,4.2,4.3,5.8,5.10,5.16

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Apply knowledge and understanding of professional role of the midwife in relation to the local, international and political arenas

L2. Debate ethical, legal, health care issues and gender related issues pertinent to international practice.

L3. Critically review the wider social, cultural and political influences which undermine breastfeeding, to promote, support and protect infant feeding within midwifery practice.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Developing knowledge and understanding of international maternity provision whilst exploring the political and cultural influences within a wider context.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Utilising a wide range of skills and techniques to inform practice in the local, national and international arena.

Accessing and applying Information, evidence and research from a variety of sources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertaking skills of reflective practice utilising an evidence-based approach.
Identifying and analysing global professional, legal and ethical problems and issues within midwifery practice

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Evaluating and utilising a wide range of skills to support academic and clinical work.
Evaluating and utilising effective communication strategies.
Interpreting and evaluating numerical knowledge and skills related to practice.
Applying a wide range of IT skills to appropriately support and enhance work

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Recognising self and professional accountability and autonomous practice under supervision within a wide range of clinical settings.

Working effectively with the multidisciplinary team.

Demonstrating self-confidence and self -awareness to enhance employability

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module will be offered using a blended learning approach. A variety of teaching methods and media make sessions as interesting and engaging as possible. Core lectures will lay the foundation for learning, complimented by planned tutorials and asynchronous online or class activities.
To promote inclusiveness and flexibility, anticipatory adjustments have been made to teaching, learning strategies and assessment. Further reasonable adjustments can be made for students who have been assessed as requiring specific adjustments or disability support in either the academic setting or in clinical practice placement environments
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery20
Asynchronous Class Activity50
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity16
Independent Study114
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Core Text:

Burrage, H (2016) Female Mutilation: The truth behind the horrifying global practice of Female Genital Mutilation. London. New Holland Publishers.

Clark, E (2015) Law and Ethics for Midwifery Abingdon: Routledge.

Holland, K (2018) Cultural Awareness in Nursing and Health Care 3rd Edn.New York: Routledge.

Kemp, J.MacLean, G.D. and Moyo, N (2021) Global Midwifery: Principles and Practice. Switzerland: Springer

Marshall, J. and Raynor, M. (2020) Myles Textbook for Midwives 17th Edn. Elsevier.

Recommended Reading:

International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)

Jefford, E and Jomeen, J (2020) Empowering Decision Making in Midwifery: A Global Perspective Abingdon. Routledge

Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Promoting Global Midwifery

World Health Organisation (WHO) Accessed 1/3/22

UNICEF: Accessed 1/3/22

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Students are academically engaged if they regularly participate in timetabled on-campus and online teaching sessions, asynchronous online learning activities, course-related learning resources and complete assessments which are submitted on time
It is expected that students will attend all scheduled classes or participate with all delivered elements as part of their engagement with their programme of study.
Within this module, students are expected to attend for at least 75% of the synchronous core teaching activities to be assessed. Please refer to UWS Regulatory Framework Attendance Requirements.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardMidwifery & Specialist Nursing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMidwifery&Specialist Nursing L9-11
ModeratorSusanne Morrison
External ExaminerL Lawther
Accreditation DetailsNMC
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Summative assessment (1 component):
1. An oral presentation (100%) on a global health topic or specific country. The student may choose either a Poster, PowerPoint, Prezi or a Video Blog for their presentation.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentationcheck markcheck markcheck mark1000.25
Combined Total For All Components100% 0.25 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Module content reflects societal diversity and a rights-based approach to midwifery practice. To promote accessibility, anticipatory adjustments have been made to teaching and learning strategies and assessment. Further reasonable adjustments can be made for students who have been assessed as requiring specific adjustments.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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