|Module Title||MILITARY DIMENSIONS OF HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Nicholas Wheeler|
|Course delivery||Seminar||1 x 2 hour per week|
|Assessment||Course work||Briefing Paper 3,000 words||40%|
|Essay||Book Review 1,500 words||15%|
The learning and teaching objectives of the module are both subject specific and general. The latter include the development of oral and written skills through paper presentations, the writing of a book review or policy poisition paper, and the writing of two longer essays. The different teaching techniques employed on the module will enable students to develop a range of transferable skills that are at a premium in an increasingly competitive labour market. These include a capacity for independent research, teamwork where co-operation with others is at a premium; and role-playing where students have to develop a realistic empathy for the constraints that confront decision-makers in complex environments characterised by uncertainty and limited information.
The subject-specific objectives involve the attainment by the end of the module of a Masters level ability to discuss the following:
1. The place of military force in addressing humanitarian crises
2. The ethical and legal issues shaping humanitarian intervention
3. Force planning for intervention
4. Issues of political will and the role of the media
5. The role of the UN in authorizing and planning humanitarian interventions
6. The role of regional organisations in humanitarian intervenitons.
7. An ability to relate the conceptual ideas discussed on the module to specific case studies.
In assessing the success of the module in meeting these learning and teaching outcomes, the assessment will involve the following: a short assessed book reivew, the writing of a policy paper for the UN Secretary-General, and one longer assessed essay. These different forms of assessment will test how far students have developed the analytical and conceptual skills.