Breakfast line in Souda refugee camp on Greek Island Chios

Welcome to the course

The Coventry Way

At Coventry University Online, we’re committed to a supportive, flexible and dynamic approach that puts the learner firmly at the heart of everything we do.

Thanks to our partnership with FutureLearn, we are ideally placed to provide an online learning experience that is engaging, dynamic and carefully designed to ensure the best possible chance of student success.

Every one of our online courses adheres to the same high academic standards as our more traditional face-to-face courses, and offers all students easy access to a comprehensive network of student support.

In recognition of this learner-centred approach, Coventry University has previously been named ‘University of the Year’ by Times Higher Education and awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Your learning journey

Some of you might be taking this course as part of a degree on FutureLearn, while others will be taking it as a stand-alone learning journey. Whatever your situation, we hope you find the course valuable.

For those enrolled on the degree – or those interested in further study – this course is the first short course in the Humanitarian Principles, Preparedness and Response program, which forms part of the MSc Disaster Management and Resilience online degree at Coventry University. The program is made up of 10 weeks (five two-week short courses), taught on FutureLearn, followed by an additional period to submit your assessment (details of which can be found on the ‘assessment’ tab of the program page).

In addition to the courses in FutureLearn, the program page gives you access to live tutorials, student support sessions and further study resources and services once you’re enrolled as a student at Coventry University. We’re sorry, but these extra services are limited to those learners enrolled on the degree.

Sensitive themes in this course

Over the next two week, we will explore theoretical and practical perspectives of humanitarian response and you will improve you knowledge about the humanitarian context and disaster management cycles. Some of the themes that we tackle might be difficult for some learners as we talk about real world examples. With that in mind, we ask you to be considered and careful when making contributions to the course, and we encourage you to be supportive of your fellow learners.

Your task

Introduce yourself to the rest of your group in the comments area.

Have a look at other learners’ comments. If you can relate to a comment someone else has made, why not ‘like’ it or leave a reply? You can filter comments in a variety of ways, including by most liked, and you can also bookmark comments.

If you want to see all the recent comments on the course, just select the ‘activity’ icon. If you’re following someone, you can filter this list to show only the comments of people you’re following or those comments that you’ve bookmarked.

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Humanitarian Action, Response and Relief

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