International Development/Humanitarian Studies- improving my personal statement

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I'm interested in international development degrees and most specifically the UCL Humanitarian Studies degree.

Any ideas of further reading/watching / other activities I can do to write about in my personal statement. Thank u for anyone who suggests anything!
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My personal statement was for BA Geography, so it's kinda similar ig. The book Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall is notoriously known for being in all Geography students personal statements but I'm not sure if this has relevance to Humanitarian Studies. The book is about Geopolitics and the relations between countries, as well as how their histories and geographical landscape has facilitated their growth. I don't know if that will be much help.

You could also have a look on FutureLearn.com or EdX.com for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) related to your course. These are free (you have to pay to get a certificate but I didn't and it didn't affect my personal statement.

I've had a look on EdX and their a few interesting ones such as:

Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster by HarvardX
International Humanitarian Law by LouvainX
Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings by ColumbriaX

There are many more as well.

I hope that this helps xx
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Hi, I’m currently studying an MSc in humanitarianism, conflict and development. I can recommend the following core texts:
Barnett, M., and T. G. Weiss, eds. Humanitarianism in question: Politics, power, ethics. Cornell University Press, 2008.
Harrell-Bond, B., 1986, "Imposing aid: emergency assistance to refugees."
Cramer, C. (2006) ‘Civil War is not a stupid thing’, Hurst & Company.
O’Gorman, E. (2013) ‘Conflict and Development’, Zed Books
Yanocopolous, H. and Hanlon, J., 2012, ‘Civil War, Civil Peace’, Open University/James Currey.

Relevant Journals:
Civil Wars
Conflict, Security and Development
Conflict and Cooperation
Disasters
Development and Change
International Peacekeeping
Journal of Conflict Resolution
Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Journal of Peacebuilding & Development
Stability: International Journal of Security and Development
Political Geography
Journal of Peace Research
Peacebuilding
Security Dialogue
Survival
Third World Quarterly

Good luck!

Dan
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