Faculty of Arts


Special Topic: Conflict Zone Humanitarian Practice


The course offers a unique opportunity to study the challenges and practical solutions required to operate in conflict-affected regions of the world. Students will work with industry practitioners who are directly engaged in the delivery of conflict zone humanitarian assistance.

This year the course will be taught by Mike Seawright, the head of the international humanitarian organisation ReliefAid. It will be run as an intensive course over one week of the mid-semester break of each semester on these dates:

Semester 1: Monday 15 April to Friday 19 April, 9am to 4pm

Semester 2: Monday 2 September to Friday 6 September, 8am to 5pm

Key subject areas to be covered as part of the course include:

Practice and principles
Investigate the role of state and non-state actors in the delivery of humanitarian assistance as well as the underlying principles associated with operating in active conflict zones.

Insecure setting and conflict zone humanitarian security management
Develop a practical understanding of conflict zone humanitarian security management and standard operating procedures (SoPs). Research, design and implement a security standard operating plan (SoP).

Mass casualty management
Develop a practical understanding of medical mass casualty management. Design and implement a medical mass casualty plan.

Conflict zone humanitarian interventions
Develop an operational understanding of the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Situational analysis and data management
Develop an understanding of situational analysis and humanitarian intervention data collection, management and use.

Media management and external messaging
Develop practical skills in the preparation and delivery of external advocacy messages.

Availability 2019

Semester 1, repeated Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Thomas Gregory
Dr Chris Wilson


POLITICS 731: 15.0 points


POLITICS 700, 773

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