PHIL 391: Special Topics in Philosophy

PHIL 391-002: Crises, Disasters, Emergencies
(Fall 2018)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders Hall) 210

Section Information for Fall 2018

The Haitian earthquake and tsunamis in Sri Lanka and Japan. The Ebola and Zika viruses. The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. The flow of migrants. Crisis and disaster are now part of contemporary awareness if not actual experience.

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  In this class we will examine ethical questions involving crises,   disasters, and emergencies with health  consequences. We will   study the ethical  origins of response to health  and other crises   and disasters; historical roots and  post-colonial critiques of   humanitarian response; prioritization in crises and disasters; conceptions of “vulnerability” and justice in crisis response; ethical issues regarding representation of victims in health crises; concerns over gender equity and education campaigns in public health emergencies; ethics in global health governance in global health emergencies; and ethical issues in closing humanitarian health projects.

Providing Care in Humanitarian Crises

 The class will be of interest to a wide range of students and especially valuable for students with interests in global health policy and ethics, health of vulnerable populations, crisis, disaster and emergency, and international affairs.


  • Can be used to fulfill the requirement for a course in 'Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy' for the Philosophy major.
  • A core course for the Global Health Fellowship: to apply, see here:


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-3

Examines topics of current interest such as death and dying, rights of children, and philosophical controversies in modern physics. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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