AHA721 - Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector
2021 unit information
|Enrolment modes:||Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)|
AHL701 unless previously completed
Students enrolled in course A767 - NIL
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
|Scheduled learning activities - campus||
1 x 1.5-hour seminar per week
|Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)||
Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week
This unit provides a critical understanding of the key policy issues currently facing the humanitarian sector, with a focus on geo-political trends and their implications for the delivery of principled humanitarian action in conflict contexts.
We begin by examining the legal frameworks relevant to humanitarian crises, including international law on the use of force and the quasi-legal doctrines of humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, and international human rights and humanitarian law. We then consider the securitization and politicization of aid, including discussion of stabilization operations and civil-military relations, and we discuss the evolving role of the UN in humanitarian crises - from peacekeeping to 'integrated missions'. We also examine the rules and practicalities related to humanitarian access, including by examining the implications of counter-terrorism legislation. We finish by discussing the dynamics and dilemmas likely to face humanitarian practitioners working in conflict contexts into the future.
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