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Rebuilding Haiti Through a Multidisciplinary Approach

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Fall 2013
Social Welfare 97/197
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake struck Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. As the first black republic to have a successful slave rebellion, Haiti gained its independence from France in 1804. But since then, its people experienced series of economic exploitation, political instability, and extreme poverty.


By examining the complex roles of Haiti, students will learn about the nation’s struggles across five core disciplines towards improving the welfare of its communities. The disciplines include:


1.    Healthcare

2.    Engineering and City Planning

3.    Economics

4.    Law: Politics, Public Policy, and Social Justice

5.    Agronomy


The course is a guest-lecture series. Speakers include law, medical, and engineering professionals who have expansive knowledge and experience in Haiti's recovery. Dr. Tony Hoffman of UC Santa Cruz, Professor Frank Worrell of UC Berkeley, and Professor Blaine Bookey have been a few of an amazing list of guest speakers in past semesters. During each class period, students learn from the week's speaker, develop or discuss ideas on possible redevelopment plans, and have the opportunity to meet them.


Homework is assigned by the guest speaker of the week, which could be to read articles of relevance, to watch a video of Haiti's history and culture, or to examine the incoming speaker's published research on Haiti's redevelopment.


The course spans across many disciplines, so students from all studies – whether pre-med, pre-law, business, or engineering – are encouraged to participate in the course and to contribute to multidisciplinary discussions with the guest speakers and the class.


At the end of the semester, a panel of some of the past guest speakers and many other professionals from the Bay area will be invited back to campus for a final seminar. This event will be open for all of the Cal community to attend.

All in all, many of the problems that existed in pre-earthquake Haiti and immediately-post-earthquake Haiti still exist today. Through collaboration with professionals in the field and with each other, we will learn and discover new, innovative approaches to aid Haiti in its redevelopment. Skills and knowledge developed from this course can also be applied to other countries facing similar situations.

How to Enroll:

Enrollment information will be given on the first day of class, which is on Thursday, September 5!

Course Contact: andrewtruong AT


Faculty Sponsor: Amanda Reiman

Time & Location:

Section 1Roshni Sharma
Andrew Truong
30206 WheelerTh 6p-7:30p9/05full

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