Programs - Humanities Studies

The objective of Humanities Studies program is to provide formal academic study and recognition for community workers, social service workers and volunteers who are performing humanitarian works.  

Diploma in Humanities Studies
The Diploma in Humanities studies is a 6 month full time duration program. This course provides a perceptive framework of the processes of social systems and examines the impacts of social organisation on the individual and groups. Students will gain skills essential for any career path - the ability to research, present an argument, write persuasively, analyse information, communicate an idea and relate well to people.

Advanced Diploma in Humanities Studies
The Advanced Diploma in Humanities studies is a 12 month full time duration program. This course provides advanced training in humanitarian action for professionals. The interdisciplinary and specialized courses proposed by the CERAH will provide students with the theoretical and conceptual elements to enhance their analytical capacities of humanitarian realities and conditions.

The program provides participants with a comprehensive overview of conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action illustrated through past and present crisis and humanitarian operations.

Bachelor of Humanities Studies
The Bachelor of Humanities Studies is a 4 year full time duration program. This course will enable students to understand, critically analyse and apply concepts of human service delivery in the field of humanitarian aid, social and community engagement. The degree provides students with essential knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, groups and communities in humanitarian programs. Interdisciplinary course units provide students with introductory as well in-depth knowledge in psychology, sociology, human behaviour, ethics, cross-cultural communication skills, indigenous culture and knowledge, community dynamics and project management.

Graduates will exit this program with a foundation in community work, human services as well as communication and logistics relevant for rural and remote communities. The degree allows graduates to work for governmental, non-governmental as well as charity organisations engaged in community work.

The degree provides an excellent basis to pursue a higher degree, i.e. in the field of social work, community studies, humanitarian aid or international development.

Master of Humanities Studies
The Master of Humanities Studies is a 2 year full time program. This course provides advanced training in humanitarian action for professionals. It offers a postgraduate-level education focused on building in-depth competencies for managers. It provides participants with a strong understanding of the central conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action and the capacity to define and implement strategic humanitarian responses.

Humanities Studies Thesis for Masters

Students will be required to complete a 60000-words dissertation (in Myanmar or English) and a 3000- words executive portfolio (in English). By working through the process of researching and writing a thesis / dissertation, candidates are thrust into an active role of managing an investigation into a topic area. This means researching and discovering things for themselves. They will have to set their own targets and parameters, pose their own central research questions and decide on the appropriate sources of information to support the research. It therefore requires the use of the higher-level cognitive skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Candidates may choose an area of particular interest to them within the scope of course title.

Research students are expected to present a written research proposal within 3 months after commencement. The proposal is handed in to the study leader.

Assessors of this proposal are selected by the faculty for their understanding of the field and the research involved. The purpose of a research is to set out a plan for conducting the research and writing the dissertation within the available time. It should take account of the availability and guidance of the study leader.

The starting point for a research proposal is the topic, which is the field of interest in which the research is to be carried out. In introducing the topic, the proposal should clarify the field that it falls into and the specific part of the field which the research will explore. It should clarify why the topic is of interest and importance, and how the proposed research will contribute to the filed of knowledge or profession. The proposal should clarify the research questions, ensuring that these are specific and answerable. It is important to show how these questions relate to the topic are, and how they will advance the student’s contribution. The proposal should detail the research to be carried out, and clarify the research methods, the timeframe and the reasons for selecting particular methods.

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