Denmark, Copenhagen

Humanitarian Action in the 21st century

when 18 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee DKK 533

The humanitarian landscape is changing, challenging past decades of humanitarian action; closing the gap between population needs and humanitarian response requires new approaches and new paradigms. This course is designed to provide participants with an introduction to the theories and practices of humanitarian action in a global perspective: its historical and legal foundations, the international system in place to support it, different typologies of humanitarian crises, challenges and trends, as well as possible career paths in the field. The aim is to encourage research and critical reflection on humanitarian action and lessons learnt from contemporary humanitarian crises by providing participants with an overview of the historical, conceptual as well as operational aspects of humanitarian intervention.

Course leader

Tania Dræbel

Target group

This course is open to final-year Bachelors and master students.

Course aim

t the end of the course participants should be able to:

Describe the Nordic and international actors, organizations and systems in the field of humanitarian action;
Analyze and discuss the various typologies of disasters and humanitarian responses (including wars, natural hazards, complex emergencies);
Understand, evaluate and critique different types of humanitarian intervention (e.g. feeding programs, cluster surveys, programme design, advocacy efforts, etc.);
Critically examine the paradoxes and dilemmas of the changing humanitarian landscape through multiple perspectives and academic disciplines
Build and sustain professional relationships and networks

Fee info

DKK 533: EU/EAA citizens
DKK 833: Non EU/EAA citizens


Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) offers a scholarship to incoming students from IARU universities or from Harvard University.