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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6233
Tracking Number - 2987

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-01-08
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Remove PHC 6232 as a prerequisite. Add PHC 6230 and 6231 as prerequisites.
Comments: to GC 12/3 for MPH - Global Disaster Mgmt - Change in pre-reqs only. GC approved 12/17/12; to USF Sys 12/17/12; to SCNS 1/8/13. SCNS approved effective 2/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-10-22
  2. Department: Global Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640800
  5. Contact Person: Azliyati Azizan
  6. Phone: 8139742079
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6233
  10. Full Title: Current Challenges in the Humanitarian Field
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Challenges in Humanit Field
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: PHC 6230, PHC 6231
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course will review: leadership issues, advocacy, neutrality and impartiality, the media, prisoner visitations, torture, demobilization and decommissioning of combatants, expatriates, peace-keeping to peacebuilding, sovereignty, and reconstruction.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This is a required concentration core course for the MPH in Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
  29. Objectives: Course Objectives:

    By the end of the course participants will be able to:

    1) Apply leadership skills to overcome challenges in humanitarian assistance;

    2) Discuss how advocacy and neutrality questions/issues inform humanitarian work;

    3) Identify factors that may influence the mental health of humanitarian workers;

    4) Communicate effectively with the media to disseminate accurate information;

    5) Apply principles of International Human Rights to interact with prisoners and torture victims;

    6) Discuss the socioeconomic, political, logistical, cultural, medical and psychological aspects of repatriation and reintegration of displaced populations;

    7) Describe the role humanitarian organizations play in the transition from conflict to peace;

    8) Discuss how a society moves from the emergency response to social and economic stabilization;

    9) Develop a table top exercise or write a case study for a humanitarian crisis.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Successfully complete the following FEMA courses:

    IS240 Leadership and Influence

    IS241 Decision Making and Problem Solving

    IS242 Effective Communication

    IS244 Developing and Managing Volunteers

    Write a case study for humanitarian assistance.

  31. Major Topics: Leadership;Mental Health of Workers in the Humanitarian Field; Mental Health issues of Refugees; Working with the Media; Prisoners & Torture; Demobilization/Decommissioning of Combatants; Care of the War Wounded; Conflict and Resolution; Transition from Peace-keeping to Peace Building; Economic and Social Stabilization; Crises and Challenges.
  32. Textbooks: Forstchyen, W. (2009). One Second After. A Forge Book Publication. New York.

    Hosseini, K. (2004). The Kite Runner, Riverhead Trade.

    Ripley, A. (2008). The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why. Crown Publishers, New York.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1. Successfully complete the following FEMA courses (40%):

    a. IS240 Leadership and Influence

    b. IS241 Decision Making and Problem Solving

    c. IS242 Effective Communication

    d. IS244 Developing and Managing Volunteers

    2. Prepare a paper with your group on a current topic. Paper must be manuscript ready to submit to a peer-reviewed journal (25%).

    3. Group work & class discussion posted to the appropriate discussion boards (35%).

    Grading Policy:

    Grade GPA Score

    A 4.00 91-100

    B 3.00 81-90

    C 2.00 71-80

    D 1.00 61-70

    F fewer than 60 points.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: FEMA course, term paper, group work and class discussion.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Ė Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: 1) No makeup of missed work will be allowed.

    2) Students who anticipate being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the dates to the instructor, in writing, on the second day of classes.

    3) The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to a plagiarism detection tool. Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a studentís paper was plagiarized. Cheating on any level will not be tolerated and any student found violating the USF policies for dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism or disruption of academic process will be punished in accordance with USF policies. For more information, please refer to the USF Student Handbook.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MPH- Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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