Humanitarian Intervention module (PO42018)

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Module aims to:

  • examine the political, legal and philosophical foundations of humanitarian intervention
  • understand the relationship between evolving notions of sovereignty and humanitarian intervention
  • explore the range of responses available to mass atrocities
  • assess how humanitarian interventions are undertaken in practice
  • analyse why humanitarian intervention is undertaken in some situations but not others

Content of the module includes:

  • Legality of humanitarian intervention
  • Ethics of humanitarian intervention
  • Related responses to mass atrocities
  • Who should intervene?
  • Case studies, potentially including Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur, Syria

The assessment for this module is comprised of an essay (50% of the final module mark), critical case review (40%), and class participation (10%).


30 credits