MA Peace and Conflict Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries

Course unit fact file
Unit code HCRI60031
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The study of Humanitarianism and Conflict Responses is a multi-disciplinary endeavour, influenced by diverse fields including medicine, public health, political science, anthropology, economics, security studies, peace studies, international development, philosophy and law (amongst many others). This course offers students a broad overview of some of the various avenues, theories and ideas which help us understand and analyse humanitarianism and post conflict responses

Aims

  • Understand and analyse processes of humanitarianism and conflict programming through a variety of disciplinary lenses.
  • Compare and contrast different theoretical approaches to the study of humanitarian and post conflict processes.
  • Think critically about the use the terms 'humanitarian', ‘conflict’and 'post conflict'.in order to unpack the tensions and dilemmas associated with its practice,
  • Respond to and critically review literature on humanitarianism and conflict programming 
  • Develop critical thinking and research skills through the production of an original research paper.

Teaching and learning methods

This course is taught by means of one 1 hour lecture and one 1 hour seminar per week. The module will be delivered using lectures, individual/group structured reading, discussion and preparation sessions, and seminars. The study sessions and seminars provide a structured environment for students to initiate and carry out independent and group work.

Session material including unit handouts, assigned readings and web links will be made available via Blackboard (accessed via the student system).

Knowledge and understanding

Introduce students to key issues in humanitarianism and conflict response. Understand and analyse processes of humanitarianism and conflict programming through a variety of disciplinary lenses.

Intellectual skills

Compare and contrast different theoretical approaches to the study of humanitarian and post conflict processes.Think critically about the use the terms 'humanitarian', ‘conflict’and 'post conflict'.in order to unpack the tensions and dilemmas associated with its practice,

Practical skills

Respond to and critically review literature on humanitarianism and conflict programming.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Develop critical thinking and research skills through the production of an original research paper.

Employability skills

Other
Contribute to an informed, balanced dialogue on these issue through contributions to the course website/blog.

Assessment methods

Assessment Task

Formative or Summative

Weighting

Essay

Summative

70%

Critical Review

Summative

30%

 

Feedback methods

Feedback Method

Formative or Summative

Written feedback on critical review

Summative

Seminar verbal feedback

Formative

 

Recommended reading

Weekly assigned readings, primarily e-journals Students may wish to read Barnett, M (2011) Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism

Abramowitz, S. & Panter-Brick, C. (2015) Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice (E-book).

Terry, F. (2002). Condemned to Repeat?: The Paradox of Humanitarian Action. The Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response (Humanitarian Standards) 2018

MacGinty, R and Peterson, J. (2015) The Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 130

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Amanda Mccorkindale Unit coordinator

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