Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings

About the Course

Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings is a free online social sciences course offered by Columbia University. The course thoroughly explores the impact of humanitarian crises on children and what can be done to protect minors during times of crisis. The course material is presented through video lectures, supplemental readings and assignments. Although the class is self-paced, the instructor recommends that students complete the work over a 12-week period, spending three to five hours on the course material weekly. Some topics covered include: Child Development, Adversity, and Resilience; Supporting Children’s Agency; Enabling Families as Protective Environments; Enabling Communities as Protective Environments; Enabling Protective Social Norms and Policies; and Enriching and Transforming Practice.


Hanna-Tina Fischer, Mark Canavera, and Michael G. Wessells