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Master 2019/2020

Humanitarian Actions

Type: Elective course (Political Analysis and Public Policy)
Area of studies: Political Science
Delivered by: Public Policy Department
When: 2 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Instructors: Artem Uldanov
Master’s programme: Political Analysis and Public Policy
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Contact hours: 48

Course Syllabus


This course on Humanitarian action has the three pronged objective to ascertain and underscore the legal mechanism of protecting the human in the most vulnerable situations – War and Conflict situations, secondly to observe the evolutions of the Humanitarian actions over the years in the inter war period and lastly the debate on the right to protect in the past decade that has gained controversy. The content of the course is threaded and interwoven with the inter disciplinarily examining the legal instruments through historical perspectives to tweak out the best practices and the wicked cases in the humanitarian laws and refugee laws in the disaster zones and the areas of distress. The other point equally critical in our study is to equip the students with the interactive seminars with the professionals of Humanitarian agencies and their work as a case studies. The course does provide different theoretical approach on the subject of the Humanitarian studies but it does have an overarching objective – to equip the students with the knowledge and applied skills about the human rights studies in the distressed/conflict zones. The course shall encourage the critical theory approach to observe the Humanitarian actions efficacies and their side effects in the larger geo-political space.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To equip students with the general skills and tools about the concept of Humanitarian actions, linkages between Human rights and humanitarian laws, refugee laws and laws on migrations.
  • To understand the role of the multi lateral organizations and the non state actors in the provision of the Humanitarian work
  • The examine the new challenges in the work of the humanitarian organizations
  • To be aware of the new debates on the humanitarian actions and develop the critical skills to examine the humanitarian actions in the developing countries
  • To develop skills through interactive seminars and capstone work the hands on knowledge about the tools and instruments of the humanitarian laws
  • To develop skills and strategies about the humanitarian approaches in the emerging destabilized spaces
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To have the substantial knowledge of International Humanitarian Law, International Relief Law and Regulations and Refugee Laws analytical tools for applying international norms and rules of international procedure
  • To obtain theoretical framework for analysis of humanitarian actions undertaken by international, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations
  • To be aware of the court practice relating to the key concepts of the International Humanitarian Law and customary law governing the rules of warfare in accordance with categorization of the armed conflicts
  • To analyze and explain actions undertaken in framework of humanitarian aid and assistance
  • To get deeper insights into the UN system of humanitarian assistance and its role on the global socio-political map
  • To align with the up-to-date opportunities of IHL and disaster relief education
  • To gain the knowledge of the Humanitarian laws and the international conventions and treaties that established the mechanism for the Humanitarian action in the conflict regions
  • To summarize, compare and interpret the data and do the deductive analysis of the new trends in the Humanitarian actions .
  • To gain the knowledge about the large range of humanitarian organizations and the contact agencies and their area of expertise
  • To design and propose customized solutions keeping a holistic perspective on the issue of the Humanitarian actions
  • To analyze and explain through the critical perspective the Humanitarian actions
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Humanitarian Principles, Values and Practice
  • Human Rights laws, Humanitarian Laws and the Refugee law-The conventions and treaties for the Humanitarian actions
  • Humanitarian Actors and Coordination –Preventive measures
  • Contemporary principles and practices in Humanitarian Actions, Disaster management and humanitarian responses
  • Water & Sanitation- Livelihoods and Food Security in Humanitarian Crises
  • Emerging Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities for Future Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Management of Diseases and Health Care in Humanitarian Crises
  • Migration Aspects. Protection of Displaced Populations
  • Humanitarian response in urban areas
  • Conflicts and new Humanitarianism
  • Violence Against Women, Child Protection in Emergencies
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Active participation
  • non-blocking Midterm paper
  • non-blocking Group presentation
  • non-blocking Final paper
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.1 * Active participation + 0.4 * Final paper + 0.2 * Group presentation + 0.3 * Midterm paper


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Brysk, A. (2009). Global Good Samaritans : Human Rights As Foreign Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=267526
  • Cook, M. L. (2011). “Humanitarian Aid Is Never a Crime”: Humanitarianism and Illegality in Migrant Advocacy. Law & Society Review, 45(3), 561–591. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5893.2011.00444.x
  • Human Rights, & Bronwyn Leebaw. (2007). Journal: Perspectives on Politics This journal is published by the American Political Science. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.69ADF98
  • Humanitarian intervention : ethical, legal, and political dilemmas / ed. by J. L. Holzgrefe . (2003). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.107689367

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cantor, D., & Durieux, J.-F. (2014). Refuge From Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law. Leiden: Brill | Nijhoff. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=815492
  • Kennedy, D. (DE-588)132222574, (DE-576)299014517. (2004). The dark sides of virtue : reassessing international humanitarianism / David Kennedy. Princeton, N.J. [u.a.]: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.110249046