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United Nations Graduate Studies Program
on-Line Courses

International Humanitarian Assistance (6 May - 5 August 2002)

International Humanitarian Assistance 706 (IHA706), will review the evolution of the concept and practice and examine the interface between humanitarian assistance and peace keeping operations, the continuum between emergency assistance and economic/social development, the role of humanitarian assistance in peace building, the role of non-governmental organizations in the provision of humanitarian assistance, evolving international legal concepts dealing with the "right" to humanitarian assistance, and the relationship between international humanitarian and human rights law and humanitarian assistance. IHA706 will be based primarily on case studies of actual emergency assistance operations. It will require written examinations, concept papers, and professor-student consultations. IHA706 will be taught in 14 web class units.

Professor Yasmine Sherif, who will conduct the course, is a human rights lawyer who has worked with the United Nations at it headquarters in Geneva and New York since 1988. She also has participated in several UN peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in the field (Afghanistan, the Balkans, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of Congo). Professor Sherif is currently an adviser on Afghanistan to the United Nations Development Program for the Advancement of Women.

The three graduate credits earned in International Humanitarian Assistance 706 may be applied towards a Master of Science in Social Science degree at Long Island University. Or, they may be applied towards graduate credit at other American graduate schools. (Students must get prior approval from these universities to assure that the credits earned can be applied towards their degrees.)

Students will need either a PC Pentium 2, 400mhz or more, an internet connection, and Internet Explorer 5.0 or Netscape 4.6 or 4.7; or a MAC Power PC, 200mhz, an internet connection, and Internet Explorer 5.0 or Netscape 4.6 or 4.7.

Applicants must submit proof of the award of a U.S. baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree, and a TOEFL score of at least 550. To register, please complete the Application Form and send it and copies of your academic credentials via Fax to Professor Lester N. Wilson, 718-488-6374. Following your acceptance, you will be sent an invoice via e-mail. Upon receipt of your tuition payment, you will be sent a username, password and a web address. Tuition for the three-credit course is $1146. If you have questions concerning technical adaptability or would like additional information, please send your message by e-mail to Lester Wilson (Lester.Wilson@liu.edu).

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