• 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
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The course gives a comprehensive understanding of the key issues in humanitarian action and how they affect developing countries. The focus is on complex emergencies arising out of conflict or natural disasters, and resulting human rights and gender issues.

It covers topics such as international, local and community humanitarian responses, and the key characteristics of each. The UN, International NGOs, local NGOs, and bilateral and government agencies are examined as key players. There is also a special focus on the key role of the military. The course considers several case studies with different social and cultural contexts from the Pacific, East Asia, 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:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the key concepts and approaches used by development scholars and practitioners who work in humanitarian interventions;
  2. Engage in humanitarian work as development practitioners and understand the likely social and economic impacts of humanitarian policies and practice;
  3. Reflect critically on their own experiences of humanitarian interventions in the light of key concepts and methods introduced in this course; and
  4. Understand research design, and be able to choose rigorous and practical research methods to address problem-focused research questions.

    Indicative Assessment

    Tutorial Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]
    Online Forums, 2000 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]
    Minor Essay, 2500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]
    Project preparation workshops, 1000 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
    Research project, 6000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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    260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
    a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour conversation either online (online class) or in-class (in-person class) per week; and
    b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units listed in the rules of the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) or Advanced version (VAAPD), or with permission of the Convenor. Incompatible with ANTH8056.

    Prescribed Texts

    Readings will change according to topics offered.



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    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    12 units

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    Units EFTSL
    12.00 0.25000
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2020 $7140
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2020 $10920
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