Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2)


Spring 2019 Courses

ANTH 0110: Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance 

Instructor: Sarah Besky 

This course offers students an opportunity to examine and analyze a range of contemporary global social problems from an anthropological perspective. It will explore human-environment entanglements with particular attention to intersecting issues of capitalism, international development, and state and non-state governance. Course materials will look at various kinds of work in, on, and with the environment, asking questions about the possibilities of over-working our landscapes, while addressing the potentials for social and environment justice and sustainability.

ANTH 1310: International Health: Anthropological Perspectives 

Instructor: Alexander Nading 

This course will explore the distinctive contribution that a critical approach—primarily that of medical anthropology—can make to the rapidly changing field of global health. It will take a problem-based approach and focuses on “grand challenges", such as those posed by global pandemics, humanitarian crisis, or the limited reach of child and maternal health programs in “resource-poor” locations. Through ethnographic case studies, this course examine how the concepts and practices associated with global health interventions travel to different parts of the world and interact with local agendas.

HIST 0150D: Refugees: A Twentieth-Century History 

Instructor: Vazira Zamindar 

Refugees are arguably the most important social, political and legal category of the twentieth century. This introductory lecture course locates the emergence of the figure of the refugee in histories of border-making, nation-state formation and political conflicts across the twentieth century to understand how displacement and humanitarianism came to be organized as international responses to forms of exclusion, war, disaster and inequality.

INTL 1803T: Refugees, States, and the International System of Refugee Management 

Instructor: Rawan Arar 

This course will cover the historical, legal, and political constructions of refugees, the ways that refugees define themselves and experience displacement, and the institutions, states, and international organizations that shape refugees’ lives. This class is organized by the movement trajectory of a “composite” refugee. Students will learn about flight from the conflict country, refugee hosting in the Global South, refugee resettlement in the Global North, asylum-seeking, and repatriation or local integration. Students will also learn how refugees are embedded in a world system of control and humanitarian protection in which policymaking in one context is strongly shaped by actors elsewhere.

POLS 1380: Ethnic Politics and Conflict 

Instructor: Linda Cook 

This course focuses on the politics of rising national consciousness and the development of ethnic conflicts. It covers sources of contemporary nationalism; nationalist political mobilization; emergence of conflicts; impact on societies of internal strife and wars; international interventions; explanations for resolution or persistence of conflict; politics of post-conflict states. The course combines analytical texts and case studies. Cases from Eastern and Western Europe, North America, South Asia, and Africa.