345-HSC-VA, Aid, Trade and Humanitarianism
The course revolves around three key words--all types of Western action and intervention (bolstered by Western-dominated institutions) in the developing world--namely, aid, trade and humanitarianism. Looking at case studies, the course emphasizes the interplay of these three forms of Western actions in countries ravaged by war or natural disasters, assessing the degree to which the West is able to act efficiently, responsibly and/or fairly in the areas of global trade, aid and/or humanitarian intervention. What are the successes and failures of the WTO, ICC or the UN with regards to the nations of the South? What are the most salutary examples of intervention? In all course units, we explore the salient ethical dilemmas to which different forms of aid, trade and intervention give rise.