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  Anthropology of Development andHumanitarianism Unit code :  SOAN30111 Credit rating :  20 Teaching period(s) :  Semester 1 Links on this page : Aims | Objectives | Assessment | Information | Course unit content | Tutors | Timetable | Teaching methods | Aims  As wars, poverty and disasters continue to persist in the world, there is a growing body of professionals engaged in humanitarian and development aid work. These aid actors are drivenby a desire to help su !  ering others, at the same time that they create particular kinds of knowledge and regimes of governance. This module provides an anthropological overview of the institutions and practices of international aid through the lens of development andhumanitarian expertise. Students will learn the conceptual frameworks through whichanthropologists and aid actors imagine and act upon e !  orts to alleviate su !  ering and poverty.Using ethnographies of development and humanitarianism, the module explores how the tensions, negotiations and convergences between the ethics and politics of ‘doing good’ shape the complex system of aid interventions. The module covers analyses of development as aknowledge system and a form of global governance, the politics and ethics of humanitarianism,and the relationship between anthropological knowledge and aid expertise. A key point toremember is that anthropology is not about ‘facts’ or normative prescriptions about how theworld ought to be. Anthropological approaches examine people’s values, interpretations,practices and experiences that bring about phenomena in the world, such as the idea of ‘development’ or the diverse expressions of compassion behind aid. This course aims to helpyou understand the analytical tools that anthropologists use to study international aid. As such,it will also provide an introduction to anthropology for students unfamiliar with the discipline.   This year the module is structured around a visit in the last lecture (week 10) from aidpractitioners who will discuss their work and how to get into the profession of development,humanitarianism and other related careers. The students will work in groups throughout thesemester to prepare for this event, ultimately producing entries for a website that we will designto showcase what you think that anthropology can o !  er to understand or address humanitarianand development issues. The midterm essay will also be geared toward this end. For this reason,this will be a demanding module and students will be expected to participate fully in lectures,tutorials and group work outside of class time.  Back to topObjectives (Learning outcomes)  On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:ã Analyse and assess the development, theories and debates of anthropological knowledgeabout international aid.ã Discuss the political, social and ethical issues of development and humanitarian aid work.ã Critically read and evaluate the moral, political and technical claims made in aid agencydocuments.ã Articulate what anthropological perspectives can o !  er (or not) to humanitarian anddevelopment issues.ã Be active learners who can ask critical questions about texts, concepts and issues, andformulate their own discussion questions.ã Work as a team member to produce a collaborative piece of writing.ã Communicate ideas clearly to others through writing and oral presentations.  Back to topAssessment methodsChika Watanabe:Unit coordinator  Written assignment (inc essay):100%Back to topInformation   Back to topCourse unit overview   The lecture course will cover the following themes:Week 1: Anthropology, Development, and Humanitarianism (Introduction)Week 2: Development as a Project of GovernmentWeek 3: CrisisWeek 4: Humanitarianism as a Project of CompassionWeek 5: Aid Technologies. Midterm essays due .Week 6: Objects of Intervention.Week 7: The Gifts and Debts of Doing GoodWeek 8: Presentations .Week 9: Religious and Secular Frameworks Webpage entries due .Week 10: Visit from aid practitioners . Back to topTeaching sta !  No available data to display. Back to topTimetableLectures - 20 hoursTutorials - 10 hoursBack to topTeaching and learning methods   Lecture and Discussion Students will be assessed by:1500 word Midterm Essay (25%)1000 word joint webpage entry (500 words group text/500 words individual re ection) + 3 shorttutorial tasks (25%)3000 word Final Essay (50%) Back to top
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