MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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The speaker's series where experts from the field come and give talks to the students has been very insightful, as you get to hear first-hand experiences for those currently employed in this sector.
These talks, as well as lectures, have highlighted the challenges that can come with this type of career, but that it can also be very rewarding.Lucy Hiley / MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response focuses on response to crises originating from both conflict-zones and natural disasters.
Bringing together the study of medicine and humanities, the course provides an inclusive approach that mirrors the reality of aid operations and informs the reflexive processes of both analytical and applied disciplines.
You will benefit from being able to draw on an exceptionally wide breadth of disciplinary traditions and research expertise.
We aim to:
- Provide critical insights into competing perspectives on how Humanitarianism and Conflict Responses can be understood, analysed and explained - from both a historiographic and contemporary viewpoint.
- Develop analytical skills in critically evaluating the idea of humanitarianism and the ways that responses to conflict are organised, justified and implemented. This includes competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches.
- Develop skills in gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources. This will be complemented by guidance on how best to manage workloads and obtain research materials.
- Enable you to apply research skills to a relevant research area.
By the end of the course, students should be able to show a critical understanding of:
- Key issues and debates in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, familiarity with different theoretical approaches, practical problems and an appreciation of the diversity of policies at international and national levels.
- Both the range of social science topics associated with Humanitarianism and Conflict Response and the normative and historiographic assumptions which underpin these issues.
- The analytical and policy literature concerning the related issues of the causes of conflict, reconstruction, ethics and international governance structures and institutions, the role and perspectives of the state, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and domestic NGOs and other civil institutions.
- A detailed and extensive understanding of a specific conceptual and/or policy-related area of Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, of the implications and limitations of research findings on this subject; and of how to produce an original piece of academic research, all through their dissertation.
Study at HCRI
The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at The University of Manchester is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous research and to support both undergraduate and postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.
Established in 2008 by Dr Rony Brauman, Professor Bertrand Taithe and Professor Tony Redmond, HCRI is widely recognised as being a leading international research institute focusing on the study of humanitarianism, conflict response and peacebuilding.
Our work is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and decision makers, to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased understanding and debate within the field.
Bringing together the disciplines of medicine and the humanities (including international relations and political science) to achieve these goals, HCRI aims to facilitate improvements in crisis response on a global scale whilst providing a centre of excellence for all concerned with emergencies, conflicts and peace.
We embrace this opportunity to develop a scholarly and professional agenda for humanitarians and peacebuilders around the world.
Find out more about HCRI on our website .
Teaching and learning
You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, depending on the units you take. These may include lectures, tutorials and independent study.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed through a variety of methods, depending on the units you take. These may include written assignments, oral presentations and thematic maps.
Course unit details
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries||HCRI60031||15||Mandatory|
|Research and Evaluation Methods||HCRI60170||15||Mandatory|
|Humanitarianism and displacement: Researching the legacies of war||HCRI60061||15||Optional|
|Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction||HCRI60132||15||Optional|
|Armed Groups and Humanitarian Aid||HCRI60162||15||Optional|
|Humanitarian Diplomacy: Examining the Actors, Issues and Norms||HCRI60222||15||Optional|
|Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Crises||HCRI60292||15||Optional|
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You will benefit from access to one of the UK's five National Research Libraries, modern study facilities and a range of cultural assets on campus and beyond.
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