INAF-649 Great Famines, Humanitarian Assistance, and War
Fall for 2013-2014
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The course will explore famines: their various definitions, theories of their causes and consequences, how those affected by them cope with them, the stages through which famines pass, and means by which they may be predicted, measured, and assessed. Famines will be analyzed from three interrelated perspectives: as economic events, in their political context, and finally as public health and nutritional crisis. Finally various humanitarian responses to famine and conflict will be examined, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and how they may be pursued in insecure settings. Students will choose individual famines as case studies, write a research paper, and make class presentations on their work.
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