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Half Unit - Lent Term
Dr. Laura Mann and Professor Thandika Mkandawire (with Guest Lecture from Professor Alcinda Honwana)
Lecture: Tuesdays 12:30-14:00 pm (NAB.LG.01)- EXCEPT in week 8, when lecture will be in PARLG.03. Revision session in ST will be in CLM3.02.
NO LECTURE IN WEEK 6 (READING WEEK).
Seminars: Wednesdays 15:00-16:30 (OLD.3.24) and 16:30-18:00 (OLD.3.24), Thursdays 09:00-10:30 (OLD.3.24) and 10:30- 12:00 (OLD.3.24).
Assessed Essay due at MIDDAY (12 O CLOCK) on first day of Summer Term (i.e. April 29th 2019).
The course looks at social, economic, psychological and political processes accompanying humanitarian disasters, at the effects of interventions, and at the prospects for peace.
The course examines the consequences and causes of humanitarian disasters, and the effects of various interventions. It looks at the changing nature of civil conflicts, at the famine process, and at the benefits that may arise for some groups from war and famine. It examines some of the sociological and psychological roots of violence, as well as the information systems that surround and help to shape disasters. The principal focus is on Africa but other areas are also considered.
This course provides students with an evidence-based and up-to-date understanding of key emerging challenges to human health in low and middle income countries. We look critically at both the epidemiological and socio-structural factors that contribute to disease emergence and examine interventions and policies to address their spread.
This course looks at China from a developmental perspective, locating the discussion of China within the interdisciplinary field of development studies. It begins by looking at the Maoist decades and goes on to focus on the reform period from 1978 onwards. It looks at the politics of the reform process, the key elements of reform and its broader social consequences. It covers themes such as the agrarian question, authoritarianism, developmental states, social welfare, poverty reduction, civil society, labour issues, inequality, aid and `the Chinese model’. It examines China's growing role in the global political economy and in particular China as a model of poverty reduction, as a voice for developing country concerns and as an important aid donor. In analysing China’s development, the course introduces students to a range of theoretical frameworks and concepts. The course will enable students to obtain an understanding of China from a development studies perspective, develop tools of analysis for framing their understanding, and situate the analysis of China within broader debates and theories in development studies.