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AHA721 - Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Emma Roberts




AHL701 unless previously completed

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 5 x 2 hour Seminar plus 6 x 2 hour Online Seminar per Trimester

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


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.


Journals, 15% each, 750 words x 2

Group Assignment, 20%, 1000 words

Online Exercises, 10%, 500 words

Essay, 40% 2000 words

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