DAS Humanitarian Action
PeriodSeptember 2023 - December 2023
FormatOn-site – switch over to online-learning if required
Registration deadline31 May 2023
Total fees: CHF 8’000.-
Deposit (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 1'000.-
The payment of the registration fees can be made in several instalments. 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.
At the end of the course, participants will have developed a critical understanding of contemporary humanitarian action informed by academic scholarship, which will enable them to become better informed, and more aware and effective humanitarian practitioners, more autonomous in their decisions.
More specifically, at the end of this course, students will be able to:
• Understand the politico-historical foundations of humanitarianism, the changing nature of humanitarian crises and the various forms of humanitarian action
• Widen their conception of humanitarianism by acknowledging the existence of other philanthropic, charity and faith-based endeavours
• Understand the ethical, normative and legal aspects of humanitarianism including the overlap between humanitarianism, militarism and sanctions
• Identify the various actors of humanitarian action and understand the political economy of the field
• Conceptualise humanitarianism as a distinct mode of governing and understand its link with border control policies and security regimes
Professional from other sectors who wishes to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change
Graduate student with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector
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 to be presented by 31 January 2024.
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
Diploma delivered jointly by
- 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.
For more details on the enrollment process visit this page.
- a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- at least three years of relevant professional experience;
- excellent command of English;
- motivation working in the humanitarian sector.
Admission is based on the overall quality of the application, including academic achievement, quality of application documents, relevance of previous work experience and English language skills. The Selection Committee examines the quality of the applications and aims to reach a balance between the number of men and women, educational profiles and professional experience, geographical distribution and financial contribution.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.