Syllabus for Placement


  • 20 credits
  • Course code: 5RT976
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: International Humanitarian Action A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2018-04-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Applies from: week 25, 2018
  • Entry requirements: This module is only available to students admitted to the Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action.
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Decisions and guidelines

This module is offered within the Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action, 120 ECTS.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of the module aim to give students an opportunity to participate in as many aspects as possible of work in organisations involved in international humanitarian action. The students are expected to be trained in understanding and reacting to different problems emerging in international humanitarian work as well as in developing strategies to find solutions in different challenges faced by humanitarian action organisations. After successful completion of the placement, the student should have:

  • demonstrated the ability to formulate adequate and ethically sound recommendations for humanitarian action grounded in the humanitarian principles and values, translating these in innovative, practical terms to policies, strategies and programme management;
  • a critical understanding of the humanitarian principles and standards and the problematic nature of the dilemmas involved;
  • the ability to take responsibility for specifying clear ethical standards informed by the humanitarian principles, values and professional codes of conduct; the ability to apply the humanitarian principles and standards to dilemmas in complex and insecure contexts in an innovative and strategically correct manner;
  • a highly specialised knowledge and a critical understanding of humanitarian concepts and theories;
    innovative expertise on a particular current theme in humanitarian action with an interdisciplinary understanding in terms of its political, legal, anthropological, public health and management aspects;
  • specialised skills to conceptualise, interpret and critically analyse complex humanitarian crises and interventions on the basis of a variety of sources, generating new interdisciplinary expertise to help solve complex humanitarian problems;
  • demonstrated the ability to position one's own research findings in the broader context of humanitarian action; developed an open attitude towards acquiring new knowledge and understanding about professional and academic developments in humanitarian action;
  • a thorough understanding of personal security risks in humanitarian fieldwork and possible techniques and strategies to reduce the impact of external stressors;
  • specialised problem-solving skills to promote the best and safest response in humanitarian emergency contexts in terms of personal and social implications and foreseeable harm by humanitarian interventions;
  • the ability to act firmly and appropriately in insecure situations according to the security rules, taking into account advice from security sources and other stakeholders;
  • demonstrated a range of coaching and management skills to carefully assess the relevant factors for decision making in terms of operative context, possible effects and risks and the best way for successful implementation of strategic decisions;
  • a highly specialised knowledge of the diversity of actors and stakeholders, their interaction and competition, and a thorough understanding of the importance of coordination between different levels in the humanitarian system;
  • demonstrated the ability to listen to beneficiaries and stakeholders and taking into account their considerations, to communicate humanitarian expertise and research findings in a structured, intelligible way to specialists and non-specialists in a multi-cultural humanitarian setting; the ability to cultivate relations of sensitive respect in terms of cultural and gender diversity and to cooperate in a quest for mutual benefit or compromise;
  • the ability to involve partners and team members in different levels of decision-making and act in a responsible and accountable manner concerning one’s own decisions; the ability to actively contribute to team building, a balanced distribution of work, and the fostering of a good atmosphere and cohesion in group projects in an effort to achieve the common goal;
  • a highly specialised knowledge and critical understanding of the impact of various humanitarian action interventions on the needs and rights of crisis-affected people and their interaction with interests of relevant actors in a certain professional regional context;
  • specialised problem-solving skills combining interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of the range of needs and capabilities of crisis-affected people in a certain regional context toward relevant, evidence-based solutions for effective response;
  • the ability to learn from past experiences, identify opportunities to overcome humanitarian dilemmas and propose new work methods for increased efficiency, effectiveness and stakeholder accountability in complex and unpredictable humanitarian environments.


Students are offered an opportunity to do an internship in a national or international governmental or non-governmental organisation related to the field of International Humanitarian Action.

Students must sign an internship agreement with the university and the organisation before the start of the internship. The internship may be carried out in Sweden or abroad.


Supervision given by placement provider.


Students must write a report of at least 4 000 words on the internship in an academic and analytical style. The student’s supervisor at the placement organisation must also submit an assessment.
Grade: VG, G or U (Pass with Distinction, Pass or Fail).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University’s disability coordinator.

Transitional provisions

Students retain the right to be examined on the course according to this syllabus for 3 semesters after their course instance has ended. Normally, instruction will be given according to the latest version of the course syllabus only.

Other directives

Before starting the student must ensure that the placement has been approved and that an agreement has been signed. The placement can be recognised if the student has a long documented working experience from the HA field, or can prove activities similar to a placement in HA. The Director of the Master’s programme will decide if the student fulfils the requirements for recognition. The student can also choose to undertake a written assignment instead of internship. The paper must be at least 7 500 words long and treat a subject relevant to humanitarian action.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.