Courses

HSPB500: Foundations of Human Security and Peacebuilding

Focuses on the intellectual foundations of the field through an interdisciplinary examination of the challenges of human security. Approaches the study of human security from the perspectives of economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. Employs broad concept of peacebuilding to designate social transformation that offers greater hope of long-term, sustainable peace. Seeks to illuminate basic theories and concepts through regular reference to concrete cases.
Credits: 3.0

HSPB515: Social Policy Issues: Social and Economic Insecurity

Examines linkages between economic restructuring, economic crises, globalization and social crises in the contemporary world. Explores the interconnectedness between local and global dimensions of recurring crises and the ways these relate to policy decisions and outcomes. Focuses on social policy issues as they relate to human security and social reconstruction, and strategies for translating peacebuilding into public policy in support of the foundations of civil society and the rule of law. Includes social reconstruction, humanitarianism in human security, and the social/economic context of conflict. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Credits: 3.0

HSPB525: The Politics of Governance and Human Security

Examines governance and political factors relating to human security and peacebuilding, including good governance and global governance. Explores the negotiated relationships among multiple interest groups and stakeholders at local and global levels. Utilizes an interdisciplinary approach linking local with global concerns. Examines issues of representation, access, accountability, participatory decision-making, transparency, conflict-management, gender-based violence, gender equity, state sovereignty, the rule of law, integrated peacebuilding initiatives, and the relationship between civil society and the state. Prerequisite: HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HSPB530: International Law and Global Institutions

Examines the foundations and mechanisms of international law as they apply to issues of human security and peacebuilding, with a specific focus on how the theory and practice of this law converge in the actual operations of the United Nations and other global institutions. It also focuses on the role of courts and their jurisdiction as they relate to conflict resolution, deterrence, enforcement, trans-nationality and trans-boundary issues, especially with reference to human rights, international crimes and threats to human security and peacebuilding, with relation to these institutions. The emphasis throughout the course is on the dynamic interaction of theory and practice between law and institutions. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Credits: 3.0

HSPB540: Conflict in the Post Cold-War Era

Uses systematic, substantive, analytical and historical approaches to examine the changing nature of conflict and security threats in the post-Cold War era. Includes a critical examination of the changing patterns of conflict, conflict generating issues, sub-national conflicts, terrorism, international intervention, and counterinsurgency. Examines the consequences of conflict such as refugees and economic decline and political impacts such as failed states. Analyzes the types of conflict resolution strategies and possible interventions and the extent to which conflict can be prevented or deterred. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Credits: 3.0

HSPB600: Diplomacy, Development and Crisis Management

A skills-oriented course emphasizing methods and tools used in development planning and in crisis response, including the design and management of interventions (such as programs or campaigns), ethical considerations, conflict mapping, negotiation, and mediation. Explores the relationship between the theoretical and the practical aspects of field activities, and introduces students to relevant theory of political systems in the context of conflict, development theory, and has a strong emphasis on evidence-based planning and assessment. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Credits: 3.0

HSPB615: Capacity Building: Applied Field Skills, Strategies and Processes

Provides experiential learning related to leadership, management, extension, and facilitation capabilities aimed at enhancing the diagnosis, planning, organization, human resource development, decision-making, coordination, and accountability of development and post-conflict reconstruction activities. Examines the relationship between policy and program planning and implementation in action; offers capstone experience. Expenses must be covered by student. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Credits: 3.0

HUMS551: Foundations of Research

Provides an introduction to the foundations of research and to the concepts and procedures of qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Covers strategies for critically assessing published empirical research and discusses the roles of epistemological and ontological assumptions in the application of paradigms of knowledge. Reviews issues concerning ethics in research and the function of social values in the process of knowledge construction. Examines core research methodologies and methods used in professional practice. Pre-requisites: CAMN502, DEMN502 or HSPB500.
Credits: 3.0

HUMS611: Intercultural Competence

Examines core concepts and theories on culture and cultural competence. Engages students in application of theoretical frameworks in professional and personal settings. Provides students with an opportunity to critically examine their own socio-cultural locations to raise intercultural awareness, assist in intercultural mindset development, and facilitate intercultural competence development. Enables students to apply an intercultural analysis to complex situations involving stakeholders of different cultural backgrounds. Pre-requisites: DEMN502, CAMN502 or HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS630: Advanced Research Methods

Provides students with an advanced examination of qualitative and quantitative research methodology, strategies, data gathering techniques, and data analysis. Covers research design, common methodologies, ethics, data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of research results. Prerequisites: HUMS551
Credits: 3.0

HUMS641: Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action

Analyzes the moral, ethical and legal basis for humanitarian action. Examines the history of humanitarian policy and practice, and considers its future trajectory in domestic and international contexts. Analyzes humanitarian actors and associated funding, coordination and accountability mechanisms and their influence on humanitarian practice. Examines principles of humanitarian action and efforts to professionalize humanitarian practice. Investigates the fundamentals of effective humanitarian action, including the modalities and the inter-relationship of assistance and protection. Prerequisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS642: Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss

Examines the psychology and behaviour of survivors, responders and leaders in situations of conflict, crisis, and disaster. Analyzes theory and evidence-informed practices that promote individual and collective resilience and recovery. Explores stress, trauma, grief and coping. Analyzes interventions that address the psychosocial needs of individuals and communities. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS643: Ethno-political Conflicts in the Canadian Context

Addresses the nature of and approaches to response to, community conflicts in the Canadian context, with a specific focus on ethno-political forms of conflict. Compares the manifestation of ethno-political conflict in international and domestic contexts. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS644: Internship

An experiential education experience (internship) which guides student in applying theoretical knowledge and professional skills in a supervised, professional, domestic or international context relevant to their program of study. Requires a minimum of 420 contact hours at the host organisation, normally completed over a period of 3 to 5 months. Brings classroom learning, theoretical concepts and academic literature together with practical learning, insights from the field of practice and application of skills. Pre-requisites. One of: CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500 (SHS foundations courses)
Credits: 6.0

HUMS651: Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice

Examines special topics in humanitarian policy and practice through comparative case study and discussion with experts in the field. Topics may vary from year to year, and will draw from current and anticipated issues of concern in a range of humanitarian contexts. Focuses on the connections between humanitarian principles and operations and their longer term development and sustainability consequences, placing particular emphasis on extracting lessons learned from recent cases. Examples may include protracted conflicts, political dimensions of humanitarian funding and action, population movements, homelessness, transition from the humanitarian stage to the development phase, and the efficacy of cross-cutting programming initiatives (e.g., gender, vulnerability). Co-requisite: Non (HUM 641 is recommended)
Credits: 3.0

HUMS652: Planning for Resilience in 21st Century Environments

Examines leadership theory, research, and practices that support adaptive planning, addressing concerns related to ill-structured and complex problems, and working in a range of threat environments (e.g., terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, cascading disasters, and complex emergencies). Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS653: Environmental and Resource-Based Conflict Management

Explores the nature and impacts of conflicts related to environmental and resource management issues in domestic and international contexts. Examines diversity of perspectives and mandates of stakeholders associated with these types of conflicts, and explores strategies for engaging with these issues to support sustainable development and protect basic human rights.
Credits: 3.0

HUMS661: Risk and Crisis Communication

Examines communication needs associated with contexts of heightened concern (e.g., crisis, conflict, disasters). Analyzes theories about perception of risk. Explores theories, principles and practices of risk and crisis communication that support individuals, organizations and communities making effective risk/benefit decisions, managing fear and uncertainty, and responding to crisis. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS662: Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management

Develops core skills for professionals working in conflict and change management contexts: reflective practice, use of self, skills, process, and context of application. Examines design and implementation of sustainable and integrative changes at organisational and community levels, as well as in complex multi-stakeholder environments. Builds professional competencies for dealing with resistance and generating buy-in and ownership in change processes. (Blended course with a one week residency) Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500
Credits: 3.0

HUMS691: Short Paper

Culminates the course-based master’s track program of studies by having students select, critique, synthesize and apply findings from the research literature to a personally relevant professional practice problem. Short-paper assignments are restricted to publicly available data and literature. Pre-requisite: Completion of all Required courses and all Electives
Credits: 3.0

HUMS695: Thesis

To analyze existing research, collate or collect data, and apply it in the context of an existing problem. Thesis identifies a problem, states the hypothesis or research question, identifies major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation based on the data and theoretical framing. Appropriate standards of validity and reliability must be evident in tool development and data collection. Finished thesis evidences critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation. Requires at least 400 hours of effort. Pre-requisites: All first year courses in the CAM, DEM or HSPB programs (21 credits) and HUMS 630 Advanced Research Methods. Students must apply for the permission to pursue a thesis and be approved before being registered in the Thesis course.
Credits: 12.0

PJMN501: Managing Complex Projects

Project managers use specific proven techniques and strategies for achieving outstanding results. Several models have evolved to provide contextual frameworks for integrating projects within an organization’s strategic goals. This course includes and examines the benefits realization approach and the SMART (strategically managed, aligned, regenerative and transitional) model.
Credits: 3.0