Courses Humanitarian Logistics

38020 Humanitarian Logistics , 5 sp

Advanced studies
Teaching language
Course description

The aim of the course is to discuss the application of logistical concepts and principles in the humanitarian setting and to show the importance of supply chain management and logistics for the realization of the aid operations. At the end of the course students should be familiar with the humanitarian context and be able to apply logistical principles in different application areas.
The course can be taken as part of the Study Module in Corporate Responsibility (but observe the pre-requisites).

Learning Goal

You are familiar with the special problematic of logistics and supply chain management in the humanitarian context.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • recognise how contextual differences alter the requirements on logistics and supply chain management
  • differentiate between different humanitarian environments (from disaster relief to development aid)
  • apply logistical principles and concepts to the humanitarian context
  • critically evaluate the role of logistics in society
International Learning Experience

The main focus of the course is on humanitarian supply chains, which by nature are international if not global. The course is given by international faculty.


Completed BSc degree incl. basic knowledge of logistics/SCM, passed pre-course assignment.
Pre-course assignment: briefly describe a current operation of the Logistics Cluster.
Details and deadline for the pre-course assingnment are found on the course's Moodle.


Individual assignments, group work
Participation in the introductory lecture is mandatory.

Total Student Workload

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 28 h in class
Non-scheduled work: 106 h incl. group work and tutoring for groups, assignments, reflective learning log

Recommended Time of Performance

For first year masters students.
The course can be taken in parallel to the Project course in CSR and humanitarian logistics (course code 38019).


Pre-course assignment (Pass/Fail)
Essay 40%
Learning Log 20%
Finish red Cross Assignment 40%
In class cases and exercises (Pass/Fail)
All parts of the course need to be passed in the same academic year.

  • Haavisto, I., Kovács, G. & Spens, K. (2016). Supply chain management for humanitarians: Tools for practice. (1st Edition.). Philadelpia: Kogan Page.
  • And articles as specified by the instructor (ca. 300p.)

Students who have completed the earlier course Humanitarian Logistics (8 ECTS, course code 3892) cannot take this course.

Non-degree studies (Open University, JOO and Contract Studies)

Quota for the Open University: 10
Quota for JOO-students: 5