DAS Humanitarian Action 2020

Participants will learn to understand the nature of humanitarian work, its ecosystem and the foundations of humanitarianism. They will also learn to critically analyse the concepts and practices of humanitarian action, build relevant arguments regarding these concepts and practices and define a

Information

Period

18 January 2021 - 26 March 2021
30 ECTS credits
750 Teaching hours
January to March

Language

English

Format

On-site

Contact

Location

Genève

Registration

Registration deadline

31 October 2020

Fees:

Total fees: CHF 8’000.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 1'000.-

The payment of the registration fees can be made in several installments. If registration fees are not paid before the beginning of the course, access to the programme will not be allowed. 

A limited number of scholarships - for tuition fees only - is available for this programme.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Objectives

In terms of knowledge:
• Understand the nature of humanitarian work and its ecosystem
• Understand the foundations of humanitarianism

In terms of skills:
• Critically analyse the concepts and practices of humanitarian action
• Build relevant arguments regarding these concepts and practices
• Define a well-argued positioning

In terms of behaviour/soft skills:
• Provide constructive feedbacks and criticisms

Audience

Professional in humanitarian social and development organisations who wants to improve his competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiences
Professional from other sectors who wishes to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action
Post-graduate student with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action

Learning outcomes

In terms of skills:
• Critically analyse the concepts and practices of humanitarian action
• Build relevant arguments regarding these concepts and practices
• Define a well-argued positioning

In terms of behaviour/soft skills:
• Provide constructive feedbacks and criticisms

Programme

The course is divided in five modules:

  • M1: Humanitarianisms
  • M2: Contexts, Actions and Consequences
  • M3: Revisiting Vulnerability and Needs
  • M4: Humanitarian Governance, Norms and Principles
  • M5: The Humanitarians

The Diploma also includes the writing of a final dissertation. 

The process includes a series of five online workshops organised in December 2020 and January 2021 to help the participants design their dissertation project.

The DAS dissertation must be presented by May 2021.

Director(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, University of Geneva

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
The Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) aims to offer professionals a strong understanding of the contemporary humanitarian challenges through a comprehensive overview of conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian past and present crises. Their study will allow participants to acquire the necessary tools in order to analyze, understand and engage in critical reflection on the response to nowadays humanitarian emergencies.

Location

Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) Rue de Rothschild 22, Geneva, Switzerland

Description

The core curriculum covers the following topics:

  • History of humanitarianism
  • Legal framework of humanitarian action
  • Geopolitics and humanitarian action
  • Values, ethics and moral problems
  • From emergency to development ?
  • Sociology of actors in humanitarian action
  • Health in humanitarian emergencies
  • Political economy of humanitarian action
  • Vulnerability: evolving concept and new challenges
  • Anthropology and intercultural approach in humanitarian action 
  • Communication and humanitarian action 
  • People management and humanitarian action 

Location

Geneva

Description

  • Three research method weeks mandatory for all students
  • One research method week mandatory for all students

Pedagogical method

  • Lectures delivered by academics and experts
  • Intercultural classroom settings
  • Participatory programme

The DAS is taught in English. However, students are offered the alternative to take written tests and write their Diploma final paper in French.

Diploma awarded

Once the students successfully complete the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action's full programme according to CERAH requirements, they obtain a joint degree delivered by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), and accredited by the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ).

Admission criteria

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a minimum of five years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a minimum of two years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Post-graduate students with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action
  • Excellent command of English. Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying full-time at a university level in English (please provide transcripts certifying that courses were delivered in English), must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English (TOEFL/IELTS/CPE/CAE)

Number of participants

The DAS is limited to 20 students per year.

Course Coordinators:

Dr. Valérie Gorin

Dr. Sharon Weil

Pr. Davide Rodogno

Pr. Doris Schopper

Dr. Hugo Slim

Dr. Claudia Seymour

Dr. Nathalie Herlemont

Dr. Anne Golaz

Dr. Christophe Gironde

André Picot

Pr. Alessandro Monsutti

Jean-Marc Biquet

Claire Barthélémy

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

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