Minor in Humanitarian Action

The Minor in Humanitarian Action is catered for students who envision a thrilling career in the field of disaster response, relief operations, and humanitarian work in general.  By drawing from an interdisciplinary set of courses, the minor will expose students to various theoretical and practical approaches necessary in providing timely and relevant interventions in emergency situations.  The minor also recognizes that humanitarian work is necessarily tied to development planning so communities are built back better.
This is open to all undergraduate students of the Loyola Schools.

Required Courses and Electives

Students in the minor program are required to enroll in two core courses and three electives. At least two of the electives must not be part of the students’ required major subjects as specified in their curriculum.
They are required to obtain a grade of C or higher in these courses.
(1)     DS 145.1 Humanitarian Action in the Philippines
- The course provides an overview of humanitarian work in the Philippines.  Inputs from professionals in humanitarian agencies demonstrate the diversity of frameworks and models used in addressing disaster and crisis situations.  Discussions also consider the politics of humanitarian work that involves dynamic but also contentious relationships between the state, humanitarian agencies, local communities, and other institutions.                            (Offered every second semester)
(2)    DS 145.2 Disaster Risk Reduction and Society
- This is an introduction to disaster risk reduction and management. The course deals with nature-based disaster to which the understanding of human/ societal factors is crucial. It comprises two components of disaster risk reduction: knowledge and practice.  From the geographical prospective, it explores interactions between humans and topographic features of environment, and risk contemporary societies face. A discussion on practice of risk management and capacity building is included. Emphasis is placed on the engagement with place. Field-based projects such as geo-hazard mapping, and assessment of a community, and fieldwork in a disaster-prone settlement, are part of the course. (Offered every first semester)
(3)    PSY 115.22 Disaster and Mental Health
- This course provides an overview of the nature and the psychosocial impact of disasters. Learners are introduced to the mental health and psychosocial support interventions for working with disaster survivors.  The class utilizes a combination of readings, discussions, lecture and simulation to building knowledge and skills in facilitating selected interventions. (Offered every first semester)
(4)    Two Humanitarian Action electives.
Choose from among the courses listed below and other DS 145.xx options that may be made available in the future.

List of Electives

- COM 110.5 Communication and Environment
- SA 136 Focus on Climate and Disaster
- MIS 189.3 Information and Communication Technologies for Development
- CS 158 Computer Simulation
- HSC 61 Global Health and Innovations
- PS 153.5 Climate Change and Disaster Risk
- DEC 140.1 Systems Modeling
- ES 177 Environment Management
- ES 125 Introduction to GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
- POS 112 Environmental Policies
- POS 140.6 Peace, Environment and Civil Society

- DS 145.3 International Frameworks and Practices

Faculty Members

The following are the Humanitarian Action faculty:

Benigno C. Balgos, MA in Development Policy (De La Salle University)
- Advisor for Child Rights Governance, Humanitarian & Dev’t, Save the Children Philippines; Lecturer, Development Studies Program & Coordinator for the Minor in Humanitarian Action
Jayeel S. Cornelio, PhD in Sociology  (National University of Singapore)
- Assistant Professor, Development Studies Program
Hiroko Nagai-Yabut, PhD in Anthropology (Rikkyo University)
- Assistant Professor, Japanese Studies Program
Ma. Regina M. Hechanova, PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Central Michigan Univ.)
- Director, Ateneo CORD
Emma E. Porio, PhD in Sociology (Univ. of Hawaii)
- Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Inez Ponce De Leon, PhD in Science Communication (Purdue University)
- Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, PhD in Atmospheric Science (Macquarie University)
- Associate Director for Research & Head, Regional Climate Research Program, Manila Observatory
John Q. Wong, PhD in Medicine (UP Diliman)
- Lecturer, Health Sciences Program
Vicente P.  Reventar III, BS in Management Engineering (Ateneo de Manila University)
- Lecturer, Quantitative Methods & Information Technology Department
Ma. Regina Justina E. Estuar, PhD in Psychology  (Ateneo de Manila University)
- Professor, Department of Information Systems & Computer Sciences; Director, AJWCC

Deborah M. Villa, MSc Environmental Studies (UP Los Baños)
- Lecturer, Environmental Science Department

Maria Aileen Leah G. Guzman, PhD in Environmental Science (State University of New York - ESF)
- Assistant Professor, Environmental Science Dept.

Alma Salvador, PhD in Development Studies (DLSU Manila)
- Assistant Professor, Political Science Department