Humanitarian Studies Summer Courses
HUST 4002 L11 International Humanitarian Action 101 - A View from New York
Session I, May 29 - June 28, 2018
Lincoln Center: TWTh, 1 - 5 p.m.
Fordham has long been a world leader in the academic study of humanitarianism and in professional aid work. This course examines international responses to humanitarian crises. We explore the range of actors based in New York City, including faith-based organizations, secular international NGOs, United Nations agencies, and more. We will examine their motives, capabilities, and histories using case studies of the various problems to which they respond: violence, genocide, famine, displacement, and human rights abuses.
HUST 4500 L21 Foreign Services - The Age of Endless Humanitarian Crises
Session II, July 5 - August 6, 2018
Lincoln Center: TWTh, 1 - 5 p.m. *Please note that this course will also meet for one make-up class on Monday, July 9 and for the final exam on Monday, August 6.*
The course will examine "foreign service" in its broadest sense - what it means to be an individual engaged in attempting to aid other people in other countries; what are the cultural specificities of these attempts; what are the historical origins of "foreign service;" and how do these impact the current practice of aid agencies. The course will use these questions to critique the responses to the HIV epidemic in South Africa; the recurrent problems of famine in Ethiopia; responses to natural disasters in Bangladesh and Burma; and healthcare provision for mental illness after conflict and disaster. The course will finally turn to Nicaragua, a country beset with poverty, war, and natural disaster. The course will examine the effects of each of these on the Nicaraguan population and lay the theoretical groundwork for a field visit in January. The aim of the field visit is to allow students to study and observe the circumstances of aid and development first-hand and to demonstrate the importance of being in a country -- of experiencing a place and culture in order to understand it fully before presuming to judge or change it. Field visit is open to both Fordham students and visitors.