Humanitarian Intervention and Peacekeeping - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

Since the end of the Cold War the nature and scale of humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping operations under the auspices of the United Nations and regional bodies have become a key feature of the evolving international security environment. Why these operations occur, who authorises them, who becomes involved, what underpins them from a legal and ethical perspective and what challenges they face will all be examined and critically analysed in this unit. In addition an evaluation of theories behind concepts such as responsibility to protect and their practical application through a series of case studies will provide students with a deep understanding of this crucial dynamic of the 21st century.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critique contemporary literature relating to the concepts of humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping
  2. evaluate the role of the United Nations and its agencies, regional bodies and other influence drivers in the international security environment
  3. explore the concepts of peacekeeping in the international security environment
  4. examine the development of the concepts linked to "Responsibility to Protect" theory
  5. formulate sustained and persuasive arguments.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Establishing the Framework
2The United Nations : An Introduction
3The Legal Dimension
4Humanitarian Intervention/R2P (Responsibility to Protect
5United Nations and Intervention
6Commanding United Nations Operations
7The Media and NGOs
8Intervention Failures
9Iraq and a complexity of themes
10African Interventions - Ivory Coast and Libya/Mali/Central African Republic
11United Nations and Nation building
12Outsourcing Intervention
13Syria and other emergencies.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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