Taught in English, French 288 provides an overview of MSF (“Médecins Sans Frontieres” or “Doctors without Borders”) work in emergency health situations. Examples that will be covered include the recent refugee crisis in Ukraine, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the global response to Covid-19. The course also covers MSF’s mission, organization, and internal management as well as the different kinds of political and ethical challenges that Doctors without Borders has faced in a variety of contexts. Guest lecturers from the Global Health Institute, MSF representatives, ambassadors, journalists, and other scholars and practitioners will visit the class, either in person or via Zoom, to share their experiences and insight in global health and humanitarian crisis situations. Readings include excerpts from The Plague by existentialist writer Albert Camus, scholarly articles, journalistic essays, and case studies in relation to global medical humanitarian work.
French 288 will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays, 4-5:15pm and is a 3 credit course with no pre-requisites. It counts towards the Global Health Certificate and the French Major. All materials will be provided on Canvas (no materials to purchase).
This post was authored by Academic Affairs on 08/12/2022.