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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6468
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-28
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-12-15
  2. Department: Anthropology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 120500000
  5. Contact Person: David Himmelgreen
  6. Phone: 9741204
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ANG
  9. Number: 6468
  10. Full Title: Health and Disasters
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Health and Disasters
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or DPR
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Disasters like Katrina and complex emergencies like Bosnia exacerbate social divisions and impact the health status of individuals, communities, and nations. This course considers

    mitigation policies and humanitarian responses.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Considerable interest is currently being expressed in ways to understand and mitigate the devastating consequences of geophysical, geopolitical and chemical disasters and complex

    emergencies. Applied social science such as applied anthropology can provid

  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Central student clientele are graduate students in applied anthropology. COPH currently offers courses, certificates and degrees in global health. These students would be interested in the proposed course. In addition, any student concerned either with health or with global politics, humanitarian aid, political science, violence, migration, or health would be appropriate for this course. Student from CAS, COPH and ISLAC would all be serviced by the course.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? The course is currently being offered for the first time (fall 2006), I expect to offer the course every other year on a regular rotation.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in anthropology and /or related field.
  29. Objectives: 1)to provide students with information concerning the models and theories related to disasters;

    2) to provide students with the background of theories and models to understand complex emergencies;

    3) to demonstrate to students what they need to know to become an 'expert' on a historically recorded disaster or complex emergency;

    4) to demonstrate to students how each of the above relates to and shapes individual and global health.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1) master theories, methods, and models related to an analysis of disasters and complex emergencies;

    2) develop an in-depth profile of a country, the disaster or complex emergency, the underlying cultural, structural, geopolitical and other conditions implicated in the disaster or complex emergency;

    3) Design a culturally appropriate intervention, mitigation, or other response to the identified disaster or complex emergency.

  31. Major Topics: 1)analysis of anthropological and other pertinent social and natural science literature related to disasters

    2) comparisons of models such as Wisner et al. vulnerability model, Cernea's Risks and Reconstruction Model, and the Whiteford and Tobin Cascade of Impacts Model;

    3) in depth analysis of examples of disasters/complex emergencies in their cultural and political contexts

    4) an assessment of various forms and agencies involved in humanitarian relief and disaster mitigation

  32. Textbooks: 1. Doctors Without Borders, ed. 1997 World in Crisis: The politics of survival at the end of the twentieth century. London: Routledge.

    2. Hoffman, Susanna M. and Anthony Oliver-Smith, eds.

    2002 Catastrophe & Culture: The Anthropology of Disaster. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.

    3. Walter, Jonathan, ed. 2003 World Disasters Report 2003: Focus on ethics in aid. Geneva: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

    4. Williams, Holly 2001 Caring for Those in Crisis: Integrating Anthropology and Public Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. NAPA Bulletin

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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