DAS Humanitarian Action 2018


  • Analyse the historical, geopolitical and social origins of humanitarian crises
  • Use methodological and conceptual tools in order to contribute to research and reflection on contemporary humanitarian action
  • Reflect on one’s own practice
  • Identify the trends and dilemmas for the future humanitarian action


Professional working in humanitarian action or in development wishing to reflect critically on his own experience in an academic setting
Professional from other sectors wishing to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian system


One week introduction – 13 weeks of intensive courses from September to December focusing on core concepts of humanitarianism, contemporary challenges to humanitarian work and research methods in humanitarian action – a research paper to hand over in February

  • History of Humanitarianism
  • Geopolitics of Humanitarian Action in Conflict
  • Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action
  • Values, Ethics, and Moral Dilemmas of Humanitarian Action
  • From Emergency to Development
  • The Sociology of Actors in Humanitarian Settings
  • Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • The Political Economy of Humanitarian Crises
  • Research Methods: Getting Started
  • Vulnerability: Evolving Concept & New Challenges
  • Anthropology and Intercultural Aspects of Humanitarian Action
  • Communication
  • Future Dilemmas and Conclusion

This programme is part of CERAH’s training offer including one MAS, one DAS and one CAS with 5 specialisations.


Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva


Jean-Marc BIQUET, CERAH, University of Geneva

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID


September 2018 - January 2019
30 ECTS credits






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Registration deadline

30 July 2018


CHF 8'000.-

Admission criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, university degree requiring three year’s of study, plus a minimum of two years work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector.
    At least five years work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector.
  • Good level of English language skills: proof of level of competence through a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS certificate or other proof of English language competency.

Number of participants

Max. 20 participants

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