MAS Humanitarian Action 2018

Information

Period

September 2018 - September 2019
60 ECTS credits
10 months minimum, 3 years maximum

Language

English

Format

On-site

Contact

+41 (0)22 908 44 53
cerahgeneve(at)unige.ch

Location

Genève

Registration

Registration deadline

30 July 2018
Modules can be followed individually

Fees:

Option I: MAS 1 year 15’000.-CHF

Option II: MAS 2 to 3 years 17’000.-CHF

Objectives

  • Analyse and critically review major humanitarian crises, past and present, as well as future challenges, from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Use specialised problem-solving skills integrating knowledge on humanitarian crises acquired throughout the courses
  • Develop creative and flexible procedures to solve problems
  • Formulate and defend an argument taking into account ethical issues and humanitarian principles
  • Take responsibility in challenging and moving contexts by formulating and implementing appropriate, coherent, flexible and creative strategies
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in managing programmes, projects and teams
  • Enhance self-management in a stressful and demanding environment, identifying one’s own strengths and limitations

Audience

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

Programme

A core curriculum of 3 months of intensive course work on the theory and fundamental questions of humanitarianism

3 research methodology weeks

2 elective courses on a specialised subject to choose among:

  • Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action (distance learning or residential)
  • Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation for Humanitarian Action
  • Health of Populations Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Legal Environment of Humanitarian Action
  • People Management in Humanitarian Settings

A dissertation on a topic chosen by the participant to submit in June or August

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

Director(s)

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

Coordinator(s)

Claire BARTHELEMY, CERAH, University of Geneva

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
The MAS aims developing managers' in-depth competencies. It provides them with a strong understanding of the main conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action as well as the capacity to define and implement strategic humanitarian responses.

Description

  • The MAS starts in September with a core course (DAS) focusing on context analysis
  • It continues with 2 practical specialized courses (CAS) over Spring
  • Several classes of dissertation methods are given throughout the academic year
  • A dissertation has to be handed out over Summer in order to complete and obtain the MAS

Note: This option is the only one applying to students who have a scholarship. The 3 research weeks are mandatory and to be taken according to the pre-established schedule, on CERAH Geneva campus. 

Description

  • In this Option, students can start the MAS (1) with the core course (DAS) or (2) with the specialized course of their choice (CAS)
  • The students continue with 2 practical specialized courses (CAS) over Spring
  • The students have the flexibility to spread all other courses throughout the 2 to 3 remaining years. The detailed study plan is to be discussed with the Head of Learning 
  • A dissertation has to be handed out in order to complete and obtain the MAS

Note: The 3 research weeks are mandatory and to be taken according to the pre-established schedule, on CERAH Geneva campus. 

Location

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

Description

  • A core curriculum (equivalent to Diploma of Advanced Studies DAS) covering 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
  • Two Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS) to choose from:
    • Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action

      • Option I: residential, in Geneva, Switzerland
      • Option II: on line - Humanitarian distance learning (HDL))
    • Communication and Advocacy for Humanitarian Action
    • Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Three research method weeks mandatory for all students and to be taken in Geneva, during January
  • Master thesis 

Pedagogical method

Built on a multidisciplinary and interactive approach, the MAS is composed of seminars, lectures and case studies' analysis on different aspects of humanitarian action (armed conflicts, natural disasters, social exclusion).

The MAS is taught in English. However, students are offered the alternative to take written tests and write their Master Thesis in French.

Diploma awarded

Once the students successfully complete the Master 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 requiring three years of study, plus a minimum of two years work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
    OR
    Have at least five years work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Be fluent or have a very good level in English. A proof such a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS Certificate or other certificate is required

Number of participants

Max. 30 participants

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