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AHA721 - Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Perreard



AHL701 unless previously completed.

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit is a combination of intensive campus mode and enhanced Cloud (online) mode delivery.  We will explore a number of case studies of complex humanitarian emergencies and critically examine practice strengths and limitations in relation to ‘best practice’ standards.  Part of the intensive campus based unit will involve an examination of the impact of the 2009 bush fires in Victoria and responses to this from the perspective of urban disasters.  We will also explore the concept of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and how this informs and influences humanitarian responses in conflict situations.  The unit will also explore the impact of conflict on communities and the issues of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people.  Finally the unit will examine the role of the military in humanitarian responses including peacekeeping operations. 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.


Learning journal 30%, 1500 words.

Analytical report, 30%, 1500 words.

Essay, 40%, 2000 words.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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