Course Title: Conflict and Humanitarian Intervention

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Conflict and Humanitarian Intervention

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2237

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012

SOCU2238

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2014

SOCU2238

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Summer2017

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2238

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

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Course Coordinator: Dr. Damian Grenfell (Please contact Offering Coordinator)

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3462

Course Coordinator Email: damian.grenfell@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 15.3.2

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Offering Coordinator


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

Military-Humanitarian interventions have become an integral part of the political make up of the post-cold war world, often situated at the intersection of the demands of development, human rights, and security. You will be introduced to different forms and definitions of intervention, exploring in particular ’Humanitarian Interventions’ undertaken by military forces, the United Nations, and a range of global institutional actors. Drawing on historical precedents you will particularly examine the key debates and case examples of humanitarian interventions over the last two decades.
The primary questions underpinning the course are ’why’ do interventions occur and ’how’ do they unfold in practice, with ethics a central point of consideration. Conceptual mapping will allow you to determine what does and does not constitute a humanitarian intervention, what is its relationship to international law, the character of peacekeeping missions, as well as consider key questions of gender, doctrines such as R2P, as well as state-building. A range of contemporary case studies will be drawn on from around the world, assisting you to make connections between the theory and practice of interventions.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate the theoretical and practical frameworks and politics in relation to humanitarian intervention
  • Analyse the linkages between political, economic and military dimensions of interventions
  • Identify indicators in various local, regional, and global conflicts that may or may not lead to intervention
  • Examine and analyse the political and ethical causes and consequences of interventions, including the role of international organisations, such as the UN and major political powers, and protocols on interventions
  • Explore and analyse various case studies that illustrate the rationale of humanitarian interventions.



 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be involved in a variety of class activities including:

  • Reading and discussion, lectures, group projects and presentations


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include assignments, workshop based activities and presentations.


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment