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The Human Security field focuses on the protection and promotion of well-being of civilians, as individuals and communities. Human security research and practice rests at the intersection of human rights, conflict analysis and resolution, development studies, and humanitarian studies. It especially identifies people at risk of either physical or emotional harm/exploitation, and seeks to understand how such risks can be prevented or mitigated by empowerment of civilians as well as by encouraging responsible and accountable governance.  

This focus differentiates it from traditional security studies, which is more concerned about domestic and foreign policy use of force by the state.  Human security is intended as a complement to, rather than a replacement of, traditional security studies. To best study human security, an explicitly multi-disciplinary lens is required. It therefore draws upon multiple analytic frameworks, including those from history, anthropology, gender studies, sociology, and psychology as well as the fields listed above.  

Field Advisor(s)

Eileen Babbitt 

Karen Jacobsen

Research Centers

Henry J. Leir Institute 

World Peace Foundation 

Gender Analysis and Women’s Leadership Program 

Field Requirements

MALD: 4 courses in field of study 

MGA: 5 courses in field of study 

Total Credits Required  

MALD: 12.00 credits 

MGA: 15.00 credits 

Core Course Requirements (Choose one)

DHP P295 Introduction to Human Security 

DHP P297 Engaging Human Security in Latin America

Field Electives

DHP D207 Religion and Conflict in International Relations: Policymaking Assumptions, Analysis and Design 

DHP D213 International Humanitarian Response 

DHP D223 Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution 

DHP D231 Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies 

DHP D232 Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies 

DHP D234 Humanitarian Leadership: The Political and Policy Challenges of Being in Charge 

DHP D235M Overview of Research Methods 

DHP D237 Nutrition in Complex Emergencies: Policies, Practice and Decision-making 

DHP D238 Current Issues in Global Immigration Policy 

DHP D239 Forced Migration 

DHP D240 Children, Violence, Protection and Resilience DHP D241Climate and Migration 

DHP D242 Famine, Livelihoods, and Resilience: Food Security Analysis and Response in Crisis 

DHP P202M Security Sector Reform: Conceptual and Contextual Debates in Peacebuilding

DHP P207 GIS for International Application 

DHP P221 Memory Politics: Truth, Justice, and Redress 

DHP P222 Development Aid in Policy and Practice 

DHP P225 Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development Programming 

DHP P228M Advanced Evaluation and Learning in International Organizations 

DHP P246M Civil Resistance  

DHP P293 Democracy and State Reform in Latin America 

DHP P295 Introduction to Human Security  

DHP P297 Engaging Human Security in Latin America

EIB B230 Managing NGOs and Social Enterprises 

EIB E241 Development Economics: Policy Analysis 

ILO L210 International Human Rights Law 

ILO L213 International Criminal Justice 

ILO L214M Transitional Justice 

ILO L216 International Humanitarian Law 

ILO 217 International Law and Migration 

ILO L224 Peace Operations 

Skills Requirements (MGA required)

Choose one skills course from the following list: 

DHP D235M Overview of Research Methods 

DHP D240 Children, Violence, Protection and Resilience  

DHP P225 Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development Programming 

Additional Elective Requirement: Practicum Requirement (MGA only)

A practicum is required for MGA students. 

Track Requirements (optional)

Track options:  

  1. Humanitarian 

  1. Migration 

  1. Conflict and Political Violence 

Humanitarian 

Required: DHP D230 Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies 

Plus two additional from this list: 

DHP D213 International Humanitarian Response 

DHP D232 Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies 

DHP D234 Humanitarian Leadership: The Political and Policy Challenges of Being in Charge 

DHP D237 Nutrition in Complex Emergencies: Policies, Practice and Decision-Making 

DHP D239M Forced Migration 

DHP D240 Children, Violence, Protection and Resilience  

DHP D242 Famine, Livelihoods, and Resilience: Food Security Analysis and Response in Crisis 

DHP P207 GIS for International Application 

ILO L216 International Humanitarian Law 

Migration 

Three electives from the list below, plus a core course for the field: 

DHP D238 Current Issues in Global Immigration Policy 

DHP D239 Forced Migration 

DHP D241 Climate and Migration 

DHP D232 Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies 

DHP D290 Migration and Transnationalism in Latin America 

ILO 217 International Law and Migration 

Conflict and Political Violence 

Three Elective Courses chosen from the list below:  

DHP D207 Religion and Conflict in International Relations: Policymaking Assumptions, Analysis and Design 

DHP D220 Processes of International Negotiation 

DHP D240 Children, Violence, Protection and Resilience  

DHP P220 Understanding Mass Atrocities 

DHP P221 Memory Politics: Truth, Justice, and Redress 

DHP P246M Civil Resistance: Global Implications of Nonviolent Struggles for Rights and Accountability  

ILO L214M Transitional Justice 

ILO L216 International Humanitarian Law