Kies op maat

Inloggen Menu

Humanitarian Management 1

Every day, more and more disasters happen all over the world. The causes are increasingly complex and the impact on people, infrastructure and environment is enormous. Disasters reported in the media occur both in developing countries such as Sudan, or Syria and highly developed countries such as Japan or the USA. The minor of humanitarian management is a challenging educational program; you learn to think critically about topics dealing with humanitarian relief within a group of international students.

Humanitarian Management 1 is a theoretical introduction to the field of managing and providing humanitarian assistance in countries torn by conflicts or disasters.

The following subjects will be covered:

·         Introduction to Humanitarian Assistance

·         Geopolitics and International Relations

·         Anthropology and Sociology

·         Security issues

·         International Law and Human Rights

·         Humanitarian (Project) Management

·         The work of Aid Workers

·         Logistics

·         Research

·         Fundraising


After completion of the Humanitarian Management Minor you will have a broad knowledge about the humanitarian field on topics such as geopolitics and international relations, the experience of the aid worker, logistics management and humanitarian response to disasters.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of this minor you are able to

  1. analyse and understand humanitarian terminology and principles and how a humanitarian aid organisation operates
  2. write a report that gives a comprehensive analysis of a recent humanitarian disaster from a multi-disciplinary approach
  3. perform research on the work of aid workers, including the design of the research, data collection, analysis and report writing
  4. prepare a professional project proposal according to the standards of Project Cycle Management, including a thorough problem analysis, formulation of measurable objectives, realistic planning, budgeting and strong argumentation
  5. defend the project proposal verbally showing strong communication skills

Aanvullende informatie

English (the minimum requirement for English is B1.2  level of the Common European Framework or IELTS 6.5)

In order to fully prepare you for your Kies op Maat study at NHLStenden, introduction days -together with incoming exchange students from abroad- are organised. During these days you will get a campus tour, meet teachers and staff, learn how to use (ICT) facilities on campus and you will be introduced to the student life. Moreover, we offer an introduction to our learning system: Problem Based Learning (PBL) or Case Based Learning (CBL). Understanding our educational system is fundamental for your successful study experience at NHLStenden. Therefore we expect you to be present during these days.


This minor is open to all third year Bachelor students

You should have a genuine interest in the complex, international environment, in which disasters and conflicts take place; be interested in what happens to other peoples in the world. The student is able to work with theories, models and skills used to analyse, describe and manage operations of a project, a service or a business.


  • Guest lectures
  • Writing papers
  • Writing project proposal
  • Performing research
  • Presentation of weekly topics in CBL
  • Field preparation
  • Presentation/defence


Literature is available in the NHLStenden library.


Monday until Friday.

Case Based Learning is the main educational method.

Supportive educational methods are:

  • Introduction lecture
  • Lectures on weekly topic

Instruction lectures for assignments