Disaster Analysis & Intervention Design

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode LVX011M30
Vaknaam Disaster Analysis & Intervention Design
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Disaster Analysis and Intervention Design
Leerdoelen Has demonstrated a sound understanding of political and legal contexts that determine HA.
Has demonstrated a sound understanding of the main issues and challenges related to anthropology, public health and management that humanitarian workers are confronted with in the field.
Has demonstrated the capability to analyse the logic of own and others' judgments, weighing their personal and social implications in order to prevent foreseeable harm by humanitarian interventions.
Has demonstrated the ability to assess complex humanitarian crises in a systematic way and to formulate adequate and ethically sound recommendations for humanitarian action in accordance with the Humanitarian Principles.
Has justified and applied methodology and scientific methods correctly in HA research.
Has demonstrated the ability to conduct and complete a medium-length research project on Master-level, while positioning one's own research findings in the broader context of humanitarian action.
Has demonstrated the ability to apply interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of humanitarian action to problems emerging in practical situations and the ability to come up with possible solutions.
Has demonstrated the ability to communicate humanitarian expertise as well as research findings and their limits to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously.
Has demonstrated the ability to carefully assess the relevant factors for the decision making, such as operative context, possible effects and risks.
Has shown teamwork and leadership skills by actively contributing to team building, a balanced distribution of work, and fostering a good atmosphere and cohesion in group projects.
Has demonstrated the ability to act on the decisions made.
Has gained an open attitude towards acquiring new knowledge about developments in the humanitarian action area.
Omschrijving The second semester specialization of Groningen consists of 6 sub modules that together form one 30 ECTs course titled: Disaster Analysis and Intervention Design.

The causes and consequences of man-made and natural disasters and the optimal strategies for humanitarian action cannot be analysed in isolation of each other. They have to be studied in relation to each other, by a staff well aware of the intricacies of the subject, since most disasters and conflicts are complex in terms of causes, coping mechanisms and long term reconciliation and reconstruction. Historical, political, legal, demographic, environmental, economic and social factors often all play their role in complex emergencies. Many actors may be involved, such as the local population, national authorities, international relief agencies, etc. These complex emergencies need straightforward tools to analyse them to acquire the deep insights necessary to fulfil the humanitarian objective under the principle of “do no harm”.

During the second semester specialization of the University of Groningen you will train critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address the above-mentioned challenges. The reference point is the Comprehensive Security framework, which is steered by an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. The Comprehensive Security framework provides students, researchers and practitioners with an assessment tool for complex emergencies (man-made and natural) and the means to design adequate programs and projects. You will learn to perform snap-shot analyses of the needs and security situations – regarding food, health, the environment as well as social, political and economic dimensions – on various levels: from a regional to a state to a local level assessment. In addition, you will be trained in stakeholder and problem tree analysis, as well as matters of evaluation and learning, and intervention design. In addition, experts will give you an insight into food and health security needs and you will be provided with a methods course a especially designed for humanitarian action. At the same time you will also learn how to apply these skills in real-time disaster events. More specifically, during the second semester in Groningen you will learn and practice with the necessary steps of needs assessment, stakeholder analysis, and analyzing humanitarian problems so that you can deliver a sensible project proposal for interventions that include considerations of quality assurance (i.e. monitoring and evaluation).

The general structure of the course

The second semester option in Groningen follows four paths for active learning and practice:

1. Lectures by and discussions with (guest) experts and practitioners which require active preparation and input by the students;
2. Self-study and team work that help you prepare the grounds for a project proposal for intervention in accordance to the ECHO proposal guidelines;
3. Real-time disaster response simulation exercises;
4. A field trip to Georgia to explore the practice of humanitarian and development aid and to meet practitioners and policy makers in the field.
5. Practical application of the skills developed will be evaluated in an intervention game.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm excursie, hoorcollege, practicum, praktische oefening, werkcollege, zelfstudie
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en), werkstuk(ken)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. A.J. Zwitter
Docent(en) drs. B.L. Aardema ,dr. A. Bailey , N. Dube, MSc. ,dr. L. Heyse ,dr. C.K. Lamont ,dr. K. Scholten ,prof. dr. A.J. Zwitter
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Humanitarian Crises, Intervention and Security: Towards evidence-based programming Zwitter, A., Heyse, L. (eds.)
Entreevoorwaarden Toelating tot Ma programme Humanitarian Action
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen: International Humanitarian Action 1 semester II verplicht