• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sverre Molland
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The course aim is to give students a good understanding of the key issues in humanitarian action, and how they affect developing countries. The focus will be on both complex emergencies arising out of conflict, natural disasters, and resulting issues including human rights and gender.

It will cover topics such as international, local and community humanitarian responses, and the key characteristics of each. The UN, International NGOs, local NGOs, bilateral and government agencies will be examined as key players. There will also be a special focus on the key role of the military .The course will consider several case studies with different social and cultural contexts from the Pacific, East Asia, and South Asia, and Africa. Contemporary case studies will be used as much as possible.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills:

• to demonstrate a critical appreciation of the key concepts and approaches used by development scholars and practitioners who work in humanitarian interventions;

• as development practitioners understand the likely social and economic impacts of humanitarian policies and practices in their work.

• to reflect critically on their own experiences and understanding of humanitarian interventions in the light of the concepts and methods introduced in this course. 

Indicative Assessment

There will be three elements in the Assessment for this course:

 Assessment 1: Two On-Line Forums: (20%) - this will be based on student contribution to the On-Line Forums

 Assessment 2: Critical Review: Minor Essay 2000 words (20%).  A critical review of literature taken from one of the topics from weeks 1-5 of the course

 Assessment 3: Major Essay, 3000 words, (50%), a discussion paper on an aspect of humanitarian interventions.

Assessment 4: Tutorial participation (10%)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


For a 6 credit point course, the total notional workload over the 15-week semester (including time spent in class for on-campus students (2 hours per week) , or listening to recorded lectures for online students); analysing the readings, participating in on-line forums, and writing assignments  is about 100 hours (approx. 6 hours per week). However, a student's personal workload will depend on individual factors such as prior knowledge, existing skills, and learning style.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6042 28 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 07 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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