This summer school provides participants with an understanding of the main stakes and questions in Humanitarian Action (HA) and contributes to building one’s own critical thinking.
The first week introduces the main concepts of this type of aid – including elements to be considered (or not) for a definition of Humanitarian Action – and presents the humanitarian principles and framework in which interventions take place. As we look at the history, law and geopolitics of Humanitarian Action, we also analyse the causes of humanitarian crises and types of responses. .
Through case studies on contexts such as the Philippines, Syria, Haiti or Afghanistan, the main operational challenges faced by international and local organisations will be identified during the second week. Finally, working on a concrete scenario during two days, participants will partially experience the tasks undertaken by humanitarian workers and get the opportunity to practically apply their newly acquired knowledge.
Overall, the two weeks allow participants to capture the complexity and diversity of Humanitarian Action.
4 ECTS. Assessment of the participants is based on active participation and an assignment carried out during the 2 days scenario.
Geneva Summer Schools Excellence Scholarships 2015
Geneva Summer Schools offers a limited number of Excellence Scholarships to summer school participants for certain courses.
These scholarships are in the form ofpartial or full tuition exemption.
Scholarship application is done in the online application form.
To apply for a scholarship, students must include:
- Scholarship statement
- Letter of Recommendation
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, letter of reference, and financial need. Incomplete scholarship applications will not be considered.
ThinkSwiss Scholarships 2015
The Geneva Summer Schools has 4 ThinkSwiss Scholarships to award (up to 1300 CHF each) to students enrolled in Canadian and US Universities who wish to attend the Geneva Summer Schools 2015. These scholarships are sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America.
To be considered for a ThinkSwiss scholarship:
- Apply for your summer school online (http://genevasummerschools.ch/)
- Send in your ThinkSwiss application (deadline May 1, 2015) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject « ThinkSwiss Application » composed of:
- a 500 word (max) statement about why you would like to be considered for this Think Swiss scholarship
- Your CV
- Proof of enrollment in Canadian or US university
- Current academic transcript