Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Sharmini Sherrard


This unit provides a theoretical and practical overview of key issues in the building of household economies to strengthen resilience and provide livelihood support following a disaster, from short-term income protection during the acute phase of an emergency to longer-term livelihood planning for the recovery phase and beyond. The focus will be on the role of livelihoods in building income and food security.


The unit covers the following key competencies required by development practitioners engaged in livelihood programs:

  1. An introduction to the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework and its applications.
  2. An introduction to methodologies for assessing potential livelihoods activities.
  3. A critical case-study based review of livelihood t support, including but not limited to cash-for-work programs, asset building , technical assistance, microfinance, vocational training and infrastructure building Cross-sectoral issues such as housing, gender and health and their implications for livelihood planning will also be covered.


Short essay (1800 words): 20%
Review paper (2700 words): 30%
Research paper (4950 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One hour of online contact or discussion every week, An average of 10 hours per week in private research and assessment projects. The weekly contact is designed for international students who may be here on a scholarship.