International Humanitarian Response

Course Details

Course Number
NUTR 324
Associated Faculty

Course Description

This course will offer a practical and in-depth analysis of the complex issues and skills needed to engage in humanitarian work in field settings. Through presentations offered by the faculty of the Humanitarian Studies Initiative and guest speakers who are experts in their topic areas, students will gain familiarity with the primary frameworks in the humanitarian field (human rights, livelihoods, Sphere standards, international humanitarian law) and will focus on practical issues that arise in the field, such as rapid assessments, application of minimum standards for humanitarian response, and operational approaches to relations with the military in humanitarian settings. Each student will be part of a team representing an international humanitarian non-governmental organization. Topics covered: Humanitarian response community and history; International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law; Sphere standards and sectoral applications (shelter, water and sanitation, food security, health); Civil-military relations, media skills, logistics, and budgeting; Monitoring and evaluation, accountability, and livelihoods; Personal security, mental health, stress, and teamwork; and Humanitarian technology. These topics will provide the foundational knowledge and skills needed to perform successfully during a three-day intensive field simulation of a humanitarian crisis that will take place April 28-April 30, 2017). There is a $300 fee to cover camping gear hire, food, and other equipment costs. This course is cross-listed with The Fletcher School (D213) and enrollment is limited to 10 Friedman students and 17 Fletcher students. Priority enrollment for Friedman is given to:  
1) FPAN students pursuing the Humanitarian Assistance Specialization, 2) MAHA students, 3) Graduating and Second-Year students, 4) First-Year students.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent.

First class session: January 25; class ends May 3.  Location:  Emerson Hall 305, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

Field Simulation: 9:00 AM, Friday, April 28 through 3:30 PM, Sunday April 30, 2017 (days and nights on site) Location: Harold Parker State Forest, 273 Middleton Road, North Andover, MA 01845


Graduate standing or instructor consent.

Terms Offered

Semester/Term SIS Number Meeting Time Location Instructors Syllabus
Spring 2018 21621 Wednesday 6:00pm - 8:00pm Harvard Daniel Maxwell N/A
Spring 2017 22566 Wednesday 6:00pm - 8:00pm Daniel Maxwell
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