Course Title: Humanitarian Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Humanitarian Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2177

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2177

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex17 (ISV)

Course Coordinator: Dr Vandra Harris

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2960

Course Coordinator Email: vandra.harris@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.25

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite:

This course is offered by the RMIT University School of Global, Urban and Social Studies as part of the Master of International Development.

HUSO2347 Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response is a pre-requisite for this course.


Course Description

The field of humanitarianism is growing significantly in response to changes in the nature of conflict globally, as well as the increasing complexity of emergencies. Building on the foundation course International Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance, this course combines practical training in humanitarian competencies with academic reflection. Focused on the skills, tools and techniques essential to the practice of development in humanitarian environments, this course provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills as a development practitioner, train alongside humanitarian professionals and expand your understanding of humanitarian praxis.

In addition to traditional lectures and assignments, you will attend intensive training in a core area of humanitarian practice delivered by sector-leading organisations.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The broad objective of this course is to assist you to develop specific skills and knowledge needed in humanitarian practice, both in the field and in policy, preparedness and evaluation positions.

On the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • conduct critical components of emergency humanitarian response
  • effectively apply key emergency resources, including the Humanitarian Charter, and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.


You will also develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility in your professional practice in international development
  • critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on personal awareness and lived experience, theories and practices of development, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline
  • professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes relating to international development to address specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • provide leadership within your discipline as well as collaborate with others


Overview of Learning Activities

Primary learning activities include an intensive training component that may be live-in, incorporating lectures, group activities and discussion.  There will also be on-campus lectures; allocated readings; and assessment tasks.


Overview of Learning Resources

Students will normally be provided with a reader from the humanitarian organisation delivering the intensive training. Students will also be able to access a range of academic and professional resources via the online learning platform for the course.


Overview of Assessment

There are two main components of assessment. The first is satisfactory completion of the intensive training with the RMIT partner organisation, and the second is a piece of academic writing drawing together theory and practice. On successful completion of all assessment components, will receive a certificate of completion from your training organisation in addition to your academic results.