Students in the class are divided into 5 topics (2 groups per topic). Each group reads and discusses scholarly articles generally related to the assigned topic, ultimately producing a blog entry that shows how anthropological analyses can help us understand humanitarian and development issues better. At the end of each semester, the students have a chance to meet with professionals in these sectors and discuss their ‘findings’.
- Refugees and asylum seekers
- On professionals working with and for refugees and asylum seekers.
- Humanitarianism in crisis situations
- On aid work in conflicts, disasters and other ‘crisis’ events.
- Rethinking development
- On the politics and knowledge practices of development aid as it transforms.
- Beyond the Developing World
- On thinking about development and humanitarian issues beyond the Global South/Global North divide.
- Professions of ‘doing good’
- On what it means for people to be professionals in ‘doing good’.