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Humanitarianism Courses

Take free online humanitarianism courses to build your skills and advance your career. Learn humanitarianism and other in-demand subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

What is Humanitarianism?

Humanitarianism is an ideology focused on the value of human life. Humanitarian activities promote human dignity and wellbeing through social reform, crisis response, public health initiatives and more. A key principle of humanitarianism is that all people deserve equal dignity and human rights based solely on the fact that they are members of humanity. Humanitarian activities are often supported by NGOs, major philanthropists, charity and volunteer organizations and governments.

Online Humanitarianism Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to humanitarianism with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about humanitarian law, conflict response and more in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials and quizzes.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in humanitarian courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started with one the following courses or programs.

Enroll in Harvard University’s introductory course, Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster to learn the fundamental principles that govern humanitarian intervention and emergency response. The 5-week, self-paced course looks at how public health and disaster response efforts can evolve to meet the ever-growing demand. Learn the legal and historical frameworks that shaped the principles of modern humanitarian law.

International Humanitarian Law is an 11-week course from the Université Catholique de Louvain that focuses on the complex legal issues that face humanitarian response to war and armed conflicts. Part of the MicroMasters on International Law, this course goes in-depth into humanitarian law norms that govern the conduct of hostilities, the protections of captured persons, the role of UN peacekeepers and the implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Explore these and other free online humanitarianism courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.