Some 240,000 people are employed in humanitarian work around the world today. The agencies they work for spend close to $15 billion/year and they are present, on the ground in all of the political, economic and environmental crisis events we are familiar with. This field of study seeks to equip students with an understanding of both how these crisis environments evolve, how communities caught up in them survive and what role the international aid system plays in that survival. Students will take away from the field an understanding of the natural of humanitarian crises and a critique of the humanitarian aid system.
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