Humanitarianism in Global Politics (717IR7ID)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module is historically grounded, critically minded and practically oriented.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • understand and critically assess the politics and history of humanitarianism as a concept and practice
  • put into practice your critical awareness when addressing case studies of humanitarian emergencies and issues
  • engage with humanitarians working in the field in a variety of ways.

We de-centre the ‘classic’ story of humanitarianism as a wholly altruistic impetus. Rather, we situate it within the history of industrialisation, colonialism and militarism – as well as the politics of gender, class and race.

We’ll explore how humanitarian organisations operate domestically and internationally, questioning what this means for our understanding of humanitarianism.


100%: Practical (Workshop)

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.