Syllabus for The Intensive Programme

The Intensive Programme


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 5RT925
  • 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 is only available to students admitted to the Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action.
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Decisions and guidelines

The Intensive Programme course is only available to students admitted to the Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are expected to have:

  • ​a critical understanding of the humanitarian principles and standards and the problematic nature of the dilemmas involved;
  • 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;
  • 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.


This intensive week-long course introduces the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), the field of humanitarian action and the universities at which students may study during the second semester.


Teaching takes the form of seminars, workshops, and lectures. The language of instruction is English. The Intensive Programme is normally held in Warsaw.


The Intensive Programme will be examined through active attendance and a paper of 2 000 words to be handed in two weeks after the end of the IP.

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

Other directives

Students who are unable to attend the Intensive Programme must submit a paper of 4 000 words which will be set by the director of the Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 25, 2019

Printed material will be offered during the Intensive Programme.