GEOG3516 - Humanitarianism: Theory and Practice


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100

Course content

Embedded in humanitarian action are a number of contentious issues regarding the relationships between political aims of donors and host governments and the people concerned. The course will stress the relationship between theory and practice and how to deal with operational dilemmas on the ground. The lectures will introduce principles and theories of humanitarian action; the various actors involved; the relationship between them and their motivations; the emergence of humanitarian regimes; the relationship between political development and humanitarian practice; humanitarianism and forced migration; gender, ethnicity and humanitarian challenges; ethical dilemmas, aid conditionality and the Do No Harm and Relief to Development concepts. The lectures are internet based with one day compulsory introductory seminar. For the students present at NTNU some seminars relating to the internet based lectures will be held. Assignments are approved/not approved.

Learning outcome

On completion students should be able to show a critical understanding of: 1) The humanitarian system, it`s principles, actors, motivations and practices. 2) The outcomes of humanitarian crises for individuals and different groups of people. 3) The global governance of assistance in humanitarian emergencies. 4) How to develop an understanding of local contexts and local capacities in managing a humanitarian crisis. 5) The processes from relief to recovery during and after a humanitarian crisis. 6) The dilemmas between theory and practice.

Learning methods and activities

Internet based, 1-day compulsory introductory seminar, altogether equivalent to 16 hours lectires.Altogether equivalent to 16 hours lectires. There will be, additional seminars for the students present at NTNU. It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.
Teaching will only be given if a sufficent number of students register for the course and if the Department has sufficent teaching resources. See for the most recent information on the courses not offered. Information will be made available no later than 10 January in the Spring semster and 10 August in the Autumn semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 assignments
  • compulsory attendance on the introduction day

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge




Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn Home examination 100/100



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