AHL701 - The Humanitarian World


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Please liaise with your course director about alternate options

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

A540 Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership students may not enrol in AHL701 in Trimester 1 unless a waiver is obtained



Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:

AHLL701, ADH701

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture (livestreamed with recordings provided) per week
1 x 1-hour seminar (livestreamed with recordings provided) per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour lecture (livestreamed with recordings provided) per week
1 x 1-hour seminar (livestreamed with recordings provided) per week


This unit is an enhanced online unit consisting of five modules. The introduction provides an overview of humanitarianism and key issues in humanitarian responses to disasters. The second module takes a critical look at the history and principles of humanitarianism. In the third module, we will learn about the diversity of actors involved in humanitarian response. In the fourth module we examine questions of power and accountability in the humanitarian system and explore the relevance of humanitarianism in our own community. Finally, in module 5, we examine some of the new dilemmas and complexities faced by the humanitarian sector in an era of conflict, climate change and COVID-19. Through the use of case studies and interaction with humanitarian experts from around the world in each module, we will examine the importance of ethical practice to successful humanitarian outcomes. Learning will be enhanced by sharing of experience and exploring relevant case studies of humanitarian responses.

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