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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Feb 22, 2018
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

ANTH 103. Humanitarianism: Anthropological Approaches

(Cross-listed as PEAC 103 )
This honors seminar will introduce students to the most salient theoretical debates among anthropologists on humanitarian intervention around the world. We will also examine a range of case studies, from the birth of Western Christian humanitarian missions in colonial contexts to humanitarian interventions (e.g. military, food-based assistance, natural disaster relief, post-conflict reconstruction) today. The geographic scope of this seminar will encompass North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East/North Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. We will consider, for instance, how anthropologists have examined relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. What social science scholarship has been produced on mental health interventions after political and natural crises in Haiti? How are victims of torture at the hands of the Indian military supported by international organizations in Kashmir? What is the nature of global Islamic humanitarianism today? How are local national staff employed by international organizations shaping humanitarian approaches to gender-based violence in Colombia? These are among the many questions we will address over the course of the semester.
Social sciences.
2 credits.
Spring 2019. Atshan.
Spring 2020. Atshan.

Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology  
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Check the Spring 2018 Schedule of Courses