POLS 062. The Politics and Practice of Humanitarianism

Humanitarianism has become a central feature of world politics. It is complex and contested. This course aims to provide the critical, conceptual and theoretical tools necessary to engage with the realities of humanitarian emergencies. It explores a range of questions: What is humanitarianism and how has it evolved historically? What are humanitarianism's core ethical and political dilemmas? What sets of interests and power relations shape the impact of humanitarian action at the global, national and local levels?  How are new technologies, innovation and the private sector transforming humanitarian governance? What are the ethical issues involved with the study of humanitarianism?
Social Sciences
1 credit.
Eligible for PEAC
Catalog chapter: Political Science  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/political-science

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