IDS385-7: Special Topics

Topic: Anthropology of Humanitarism

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Anthropology Building 105
Graham, Aubrey

Fall, spring. Highly focused courses, drawing on multiple disciplines of the humanities and social sciences; may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

This course examines international humanitarianism through an ethnographic lens, balancing both global and local perspectives. Using in-depth case studies, it critically addresses policies, practices, and challenges of aid. The course will cover both emergency responses and longer term humanitarian solutions while addressing topic areas including, (but not limited to) conflict, displacement, and health. Students will learn to analyze humanitarian media (written and visual), to identify the roles and limitations of the actors involved, and to address humanitarian challenges from an anthropological perspective that prioritizes an understanding of the cultures of those receiving (individual, community, regional, national) and giving (individual aid workers, institutional, cluster, donor). Students will be asked to engage a range of course “texts” including, but not limited to ethnographies, films, photographs, webpages, annual reports, social media and novels. Small group and individual assignments such as analyses of humanitarian representation (e.g. webpages, social media, blogs, annual reports), an interview with a humanitarian worker, and a site analysis, will help students build towards their final paper (15-20 pages) or equally-rigorous creative project.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.