Course syllabus

Humanitär logistik - logistik i utvecklingsländer och vid katastrofer
Humanitarian Logistics - disaster relief and logistics in developing countries

MTTN45, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2016-04-04

General Information

Elective Compulsory for: MKAT2, MLOG2
Elective for: I4, M4, RH5
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course will give students fundamental and advanced knowledge about humanitarian logistics and the design, management and measurement of supply chains in the humanitarian context. Disaster relief as well as logistics in developing countries will be covered. The scope of the course is to provide an overview of the specific context of humanitarian logistics and a set of important available concepts, models and tools. The course will furnish an understanding of the important role of logistics and supply chain management in the humanitarian context. It will also convey the knowledge and skills to methodically analyse needs, and consequently to design, manage and measure the supply chain.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

This means that the students will have:


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

independently be able to:


Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The humanitarian context: actors, activities and resources involved in disaster relief and logistics in developing countries; designing, managing and measuring supply chains; sourcing and procurement; outsourcing and cooperation with logistics service providers, coordination needs and means; infrastructure, transportation and warehousing; trends in logistics/SCM strategies and structures.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: To qualify for a final grade, the student must have completed a compulsory project and cases. Evaluation of course performance is based on the project and participation in class. Parts: 2. Compulsory attendance may occur in certain parts.

Code: 0112. Name: Project.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved project. Contents: By independently choosing and working with projects, the students are trained in small groups in identifying, theorizing, analyzing and understanding problems related to humanitarian logistics and supply chains. Information sources will be internet, reports, etc. and they can choose between issues related to supply chain design, management and measurement..
Code: 0212. Name: Cases and Participation in Class.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved assignments/cases. Contents: In the assignment/case studies, the students will work in groups to analyze and solve cases and to write and orally present and participate in discussions.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 12.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Marianne Jahre,
Course homepage:
Further information: Participation is mandatory for the first session. Absence from the first class session will result in an automatic drop from the course. Maximum 40 students will be admitted to the course due to its interactive nature.