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.

There are no academic requirements for admission. but students must receive a grade of C or higher in all the courses take as part of the minor.

REQUIRED COURSES

(1)     DEV 181.1 Special Topics in Humanitarian Action: 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)    DEV 181.2 Special Topics in Humanitarian Action: 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 (6 units). Choose from among the courses listed below and other DEV 181.xx options that may be made available in the future.

List of Electives:

DEV 181.3 Special Topics in Humanitarian Action: International Frameworks and Practices
DEV 181.4 Special Topics in Humanitarian Action: Human Rights and Development
COMM 183.04 Special Topics in Culture & Communication: Communication and Environment
SOCIO 155 Sociology of Disaster Risk and Resilience
MSYS 181.05 Information and Communication Technologies for Development
CSCI 115 Computer Simulation
HSCI 60 Global Health and Innovations
PHYS 180.5 Climate Change and Disaster Risk
DEC 140.1 Systems Modeling
ENVI 177 Environment Management
ENVI 125 Introduction to GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
POLSC 121.30 Environmental Policies

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

Please note that among LS guidelines covering Minor Programs is the following:

  • A program leading to a Minor requires between 12 and 18 units in the field of minor study, provided no more than 6 units are within the student’s regular program of study (i.e., the core and major curricula). Free electives may be used to count towards the Minor. For programs without free electives, one Interdisciplinary Elective can count towards the Minor in addition to the 6 units mentioned above.
  • Please note as well that under the LS revised guidelines for Minors/Specializations, double-counting of courses between two Minors/Specializations is not allowed (i.e., a required/elective course for one Minor/Specialization may not be counted towards the completion of another Minor/Specialization). In the event that the same course is required by a student’s second Minor Program, the student must take an additional course to replace that required course.