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Politics of Global Humanitarianism (Current Global and Development Challenges and Solutions)
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Global Studies * / International Development Studies * / Global and Development Studies / European Master in Global Studies
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|Responsible for the activity||
Kerstin Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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ISE Registration & Exams (email@example.com)
A specialisation course aims to allow students to immerse themselves in the theories/theory lines and empirical issues pertaining to a particular subject area. The course equips students to competently select and argue for the applicability and relevance of a theory/theory line to given issues. The courses offered are based on the Institute's research in the field and knowledge of the highest international standard. The specific subject area of the courses will be described in the activity description.
Current Global and Development Challenges and Solutions addresses various global and development challenges, such as conflicts, questions of justice, inequality, sustainability, and effects for instance on states, markets and civil society.
|Detailed description of content||
"What is contemporary humanitarianism and to what extent does it have a politics? This course investigates the nature, history and politics of global humanitarianism, studying the phenomenon at the local, regional and global levels. It seeks to understand the concept of humanitarianism and the practices, institutions and laws to which it has given rise, including practices which alleviate suffering and pathologies which exacerbate it. Focus is also on contemporary problems, the actors in the humanitarian field, and the way in which they create and navigate the humanitarian field, including South-South collaborations.
The course consists of 13 classes, including several by practice-oriented or specialist guest lecturers. It has three parts. The first part investigates the concepts, history, theory, and law of global humanitarianism. The second studies different levels and types of humanitarian actors, such as local, regional, South-South, and global political organisations. The last part applies knowledge from part 1 and 2 to four specific cases and hotspots in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The course builds your academic skills by asking you to understand and discuss academic knowledge about humanitarianism. It also includes a focus on policy analysis in the humanitarian sector and requires you to produce a policy paper. Lastly, the course aims to connect you with practitioners in the field by inviting them to share their experiences through guest lectures. "
|Course material and Reading list||
The readings consist of academic journal articles and book chapters from a range of fields, including international studies, international politics, development studies, and refugee studies. The required and optional readings will be listed on the course Moodle site in due course.
|Overall plan and expected work effort||
"Class teaching: 26 hours Other (student exercises and peer-review): 44 hours Preparation: 160 hours Examination: 40 hours
Hours - total: 270 "
|Evaluation and feedback||
"The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raadnaevn- og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-internationale-studier/arbejdet-medkvalitet- i-uddannelserne/"
13 classes, syllabus to be posted on Moodle.
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|Form of examination||
Individual portfolio exam.
The character limit of the portfolio is maximum 36,000 characters, including spaces. Examples of written products are exercise responses, talking points for presentations, written feedback, reflections, written assignments. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
The portfolio is written completely or partially during the course.
The entire portfolio must be handed in at the same time (uploaded to eksamen.ruc.dk). Handing in the portfolio or parts of the portfolio to the supervisor for feedback, cannot replace the upload to eksamen.ruc.dk.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
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Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
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|Examination and assessment criteria||
The portfolio consists of 2 written products, that wholly or partially are developed during the course. For example, products can be exercise responses, speech papers for presentations, written feedback, reflection, written assignments. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.
The entire portfolio must be handed in at the same time. The submission deadline will be public on study.ruc.dk before the course begins.
The assessment is individual and based on the entire portfolio.
• Explain and discuss, using relevant terminology and perspectives, the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to global humanitarians that are addressed in the course