Course Sponsor: Professor Lee Riley
Facilitators: Riya Desai, Savraj Sekhon, Helen Guo, Jack Fukushima
*The word “slum” is charged with a specific image that is homogenized and used as an umbrella term to capture a diversity of informality, legality, and peoples. We want to acknowledge the lack of cultural humility and limitations of using slum. We recognize that communities use locally specific terms for slums and also sometimes identify as slum dwellers living in slum communities. Throughout this course we will engage with the tensions between how informal settlements are named within different contexts and the implications of the name on the communities the terms describe.
The United Nations reported in 2003 that nearly 1 billion people lived in slums, the majority of them in developing countries, and is projected to rise to 2 billion over the next 30 years. This means a billion more people will have inadequate access to sanitation, drinking water, secure housing, and employment in an urbanizing world and globalizing economy.
This public health course seeks to provide an introduction to slums and slum health in the global context. We will begin with lectures on the formation of slums, discussing how globalization, urbanization, and governmental legislation factor into their development. Then, we will move to the characteristics of slums and urban poverty in relation to health and human rights issues. Finally, the course will conclude with student analysis of policy and community-based interventions in a slum community. Through this class, we hope to foster an understanding of the foundations of slum development and the various factors that exacerbate their conditions. The ultimate goal is for students to become advocates for the rights of slum dwellers.
Students will be able to define a slum and the describe causes of slum formation
Students will learn the issues that afflict slum populations and understand their effect on health and wellbeing of slum dwellers
Students will recognize the significant variation between slum communities through the case studies used in the course while identifying the common issues facing most slum communities
Students will utilize analytical and critical thinking to consider and evaluate programs in slums
Attendance and Participation - 40%
Attendance is mandatory. Two excused absences are allowed throughout the semester. This will be a discussion-based course which will function best with everyone present. Participating in a good discussion involves trying to build on and synthesize comments made by others and showing an appreciation for others’ contributions. It also involves inviting others to say more about what they are thinking.
Assignments - 30%
Assigned readings are expected to be completed prior to class. In addition, there will be submitted written assignments weekly during the course of the semester on Bcourses. Students will also be expected to keep up with current events and be prepared to discuss at the beginning of class.
Final Group Project - 30%
The final project is a presentation on the evaluation of past programs in a slum community. It will incorporate a description of the community and an assessment of systems and structures in place alongside an evaluation of a specific intervention program chosen by the students. We encourage groups to considers successes and failures because lessons can be learned from both. Students will work in groups and present their project during the final week of class. Groups will be expected to meet with co-facilitators for two half-hour check-ins to be scheduled outside of class. Not completing this final assignment is an automatic NP.
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