Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector

  • Course description

    This unit consists of four modules. In the first module, we will study the role of geopolitics in humanitarian crises. In module two we will critically examine the strengths and limitations of humanitarian programming in relation to the international legal framework (International Humanitarian Law, International Refugee Law) and study a number of international and non-international armed conflicts and their consequences on civilian populations, including the issues of refugees, asylum seekers and Internally Displaced People. In the third module, we will examine the civilian-military relations in conflict settings, the role of peacekeeping operations and finally in the fourth module we will learn about the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine.
    Through the use of international and virtual case studies the unit will explore and critically examine the impact and consequences of humanitarian interventions across different geographies, social, political and cultural contexts.
  • Main themes

    1. The position of humanitarianism in relation to major geopolitical trends
    2. Introduction to International Law - persons of concern: refugees, IDPs and asylum seekers
    4. Fragile states, chronic crises, civil military coordination and peacekeeping operations
    5. The responsibility to protect doctrine, application and ethics and the future humanitarian world
  • Learning outcomes

  • Teaching and learning methodology

    Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.
  • Assessment methods and criteria

    Journals: 15% each, 750 words x 2
    Group Assignment: 20%, 1000 words
    Online Exercises: 10%, 500 words
    Essay: 40% 2000 words
  • Required reading

    Your unit learning resources are provided via CloudDeakin.

Last updated: 6 October 2017

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