HS 303F — Disaster Management and Risk Reduction

Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.

Natural disasters cause significant and rapid loss of life, and enduring damage to the fabric of communities, infrastructure, and national economies. The impact of a disaster is further exacerbated by global trends such as population growth and movement patterns, urbanization, food insecurity, and climate change, leading to large-scale scarcity and displacement. Humanitarian response in these settings aims to provide immediate life-saving assistance, and to ensure protection for some of the most vulnerable populations in disaster-affected contexts. Through readings, expert presentations, case studies, and group work, the purpose of this course is to offer graduate students legal, policy, and response frameworks for understanding and engaging in humanitarian disaster response. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Nahikian