Studio: Worst and Better Humanitarian Aid Practices

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Humanitarian Aid Practices

Spring 2021

Taught By: Mark Johnson

Section: A

CRN: 5065

Credits: 3

This Studio explores damaging yet widespread interventions - such as food aid, food and clothing donation drives, and opaque buy-one-give-ones and social enterprise schemes - undertaken to help disadvantaged people or disaster victims and which may satisfy an immediate need but with longer-term damage. Some actors are amateurs and volunteers, though many are not (UNICEF, USAID), with interventions that range from just wasteful (donation drives) to harmful (used clothing shipments). The pervasiveness of such bad practice demands focused attention and action to counter ignorance and naivete surrounding these mostly well-intentioned efforts, and to turn worst into better practice. So, while Worst Practice serves as an entry point to the issue of practice in implementation, the Studio in fact focuses on Better Practice. Each Studio participant chooses an intervention, researches its detriments and benefits, designs an alternative model, and posts their material on our website to get the work out to the public and conduct advocacy. Note: Your chosen intervention does not have to be international, nor strictly humanitarian aid strictly speaking. The Studio requires instructor permission - email Mark Johnson

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 8

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:56pm 8/13/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1003

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021