11.238[J] Ethics of Intervention

Class Info

An historical and cross-cultural study of the logics and practices of intervention: the ways that individuals, institutions, and governments identify conditions of need or states of emergency within and across borders that require a response. Examines when a response is viewed as obligatory, when is it deemed unnecessary, and by whom; when the intercession is considered fulfilled; and the rationales or assumptions that are employed in assessing interventions. Theories of the state, globalization, and humanitarianism; power, policy, and institutions; gender, race, and ethnicity; and law, ethics, and morality are examined.

This class has no prerequisites.

11.238[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by E. C. James.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

In the Spring 2013 Subject Evaluations, 11.238[J] was rated 6.0 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the MIT HASTS: Classes site.

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