Re-imagining Humanitarian Responses to Displacement (010GRSID)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The module introduces you to recent thinking on responding to displacement.

You will:

  • interrogate the hegemonic responses mandated by powerful global institutions and state actors
  • examine the shortcomings of this ‘global response’
  • investigate ‘new’ actors and modalities in responding to mass displacement.

Taking an applied approach, you’ll be introduced to design-thinking. You apply your knowledge of current responses to mass displacement to reconfigure the way that resources are (re)distributed to displacement-affected populations.

We conclude with a consideration of what’s required to bring about change in global responses to mass displacement.


33%: Lecture
33%: Practical (Workshop)
33%: Seminar

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.