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.
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.
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.