Syllabus for Management



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 5RT983
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: _
  • Grading system: Fail, Sufficient, Satisfactory, Good, Very good, Excellent
  • Established: 2019-03-06
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Applies from: week 25, 2019
  • Entry requirements: The course on Management is only available to students admitted to the Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action and the Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict.
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is offered within the Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action, 120 ECTS credits and the Master's Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict, 60 ECTS credits.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of the module are intended to give insights into the different areas of management relevant to disaster managers with a focus on project/programme management. After successful completion of the module, students are expected to have:

  • a good understanding of fundamental theoretical aspects of management;
  • a basic ability to manage key aspects of projects/programmes;
  • an ability to analyse and write reports;
  • a broad understanding of how to evaluate disaster projects/programmes;
  • an ability to identify and respond to different management dilemmas including the basic ethical and epistemological complexities in humanitarian action work;
  • an ability to address security risks in a management context;
  • a specialised knowledge and a critical methodological understanding of appropriate research methods and research design for the humanitarian field and for original research in humanitarian studies;
  • a critical understanding of the humanitarian principles and standards and the problematic nature of the dilemmas involved;
  • 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;
  • the ability to take responsibility for specifying clear ethical standards informed by the humanitarian principles, values and professional codes of conduct and to apply 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;
  • a critical understanding of opportunities and threats of current trends in the humanitarian sector;
  • 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;
  • demonstrated the ability to act on decisions made; adopted the reflective practice of analysing personal learning goals and ways to achieve them; an ability to stimulate the involvement and development of team members and partners to achieve a successful humanitarian project;
  • 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 to act in a responsible and accountable manner concerning one's own decisions; the ability to contribute actively 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 the 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.


The course covers the project cycle including project proposal, human resource management, logical framework, and evaluation plus ethical and epistemological issues confronting humanitarian workers.


The teaching on this campus course includes both lectures and seminars. Attendance at seminars and at least 75% of lectures is compulsory. Students who miss seminars must compensate for this absence. In general, students who miss more than 25% of lectures must also compensate. However, students who are absent for substantially more than 25% of lectures must instead take part in lectures the next time the course is provided. Participation in all lectures is highly encouraged since the lectures facilitate reading and analysis of the course literature.

The language of instruction is English.


The course is taught and examined through lectures, seminars, individual assignments, and group work (assessment 5 credits).

Grades: Fail (F), Sufficient (E), Satisfactory (D), Good (C), Very Good (B) and Excellent (A).

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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 25, 2019

  • James, Eric Managing humanitarian relief : an operational guide for NGOs

    Warwickshire, UK: Practical Action/Intermediate Technology, 2008

    Find in the library


Compendium consisting of copies of relevant articles and chapters from books in the field of management.