Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This unit looks at human security from a humanitarian perspective. Students will explore the international humanitarian system, the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the Responsibility to Protect, civil-military relations in emergencies, issues facing refugees and displaced populations and international legal frameworks including the implications of the International Criminal Court for humanitarian practice. This unit will offer insights into international efforts to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, whilst realising the challenges to humanitarian action in a complex world. This unit aims to challenge assumptions about aid and intervention, as well as provide discussion around the current trends that impact on humanitarian work. This subject will be taught with staff from the Humanitarian Advisory Group.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChris Roche

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Politics Honours Program (AHA) or International Relations Honours Program (AHIR), or coordinators approval


Incompatible subjects POL5HSD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA decade of human security :global governance and new multilateralisms.RecommendedMacLean, S. J., Black, D. R. and Shaw, T. M. (eds)ASHGATE 2006
ReadingsEngendering human security :feminist perspectives.RecommendedThanh-Dam Truong, Wieringa, S. Chhachhi, A. (eds)ZED BOOKS 2006
ReadingsGlobalization, development and human security.RecommendedMcGrew, A. and Poku, N. K. (eds)POLITY 2007
ReadingsHuman security and the UN :a critical history.RecommendedMacFarlane, N.INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS 2006

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2014, Week 14-16, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Roche

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 14 - 16
Four 7.5 hours seminar other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 14 to week 16 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 3,500-word research essay75
one class presentation on human security (1,000-words equivalent)25