MSc International Disaster Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Rethinking Recovery

Course unit fact file
Unit code HCRI60252
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The course critically unpacks and explores the dominant culture and approaches to disaster recovery. Disaster recovery remains the least understood element of the disaster risk management sector, as most work focuses on preparedness and response. As such, this course unit aims to provide students with a critical understanding of disaster recovery. We will think about the social, economic, political and cultural factors that shape disaster recovery among affected populations. And we will critically reflect on how and why certain programmes are adopted for disaster recovery. This will involve looking at the role and behaviours of multiple actors involved in disaster recovery: individuals, households, communities, policymakers and NGOs.

Aims

  • The dominant approaches to disaster recovery
  • How disaster risk management culture manifests in recovery policies and practises.
  • The problematics of relying on ‘experts’ in disaster risk management
  • Critical understanding of disaster recovery
  • How to conduct participatory approaches, and think about them critically
  • What we mean by cultural heritage and if and how this can be recovered
  • The roles of different actors in recovery i.e. households, national policymakers, communities, NGOs

Syllabus

It is possible, though not essential, to include a brief week-by-week breakdown of class topics in this section. It should be stated clearly when these are representative examples only (for example, if some topics are not covered every year).

 

Teaching and learning methods

11 two hour lectures and 11 one hour tutorials

Knowledge and understanding

  • An understanding of The dominant approaches to disaster recovery
  • A critical understanding of how disaster risk management culture manifests in recovery policies and practises
  • An understanding of the different roles of development actors, and the debates about their role and impact;
  • An ability to conduct participatory approaches, and think about them critically
  • An ability to engage in critical discussion about he roles of different actors in recovery i.e. households, national policymakers, communities, NGO

 

Intellectual skills

  • An understanding of The dominant approaches to disaster recovery
  • A critical understanding of how disaster risk management culture manifests in recovery policies and practises
  • An understanding of the different roles of development actors, and the debates about their role and impact;
  • An ability to conduct participatory approaches, and think about them critically
  • An ability to engage in critical discussion about he roles of different actors in recovery i.e. households, national policymakers, communities, NGOs
  • An ability to engage in critical discussion and debate in a group, and to formulate ideas based upon key readings.

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate analytical and debating skills with peers and tutors
  • Show effective use of library resources drawing on relevant academic and grey literature,
  • Develop essay writing skills ;
  • Independent and group research;

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop communication skills for a variety of audiences
  • Work effectively in a team
  • Develop, plan and achieve individual learning outcomes
  • Develop analytical skills and the ability to articulate ideas verbally and in writing
  • Develop confidence articulating ideas and opinions during group discussions

 

Employability skills

Other
1. Editorial and analytical skills 2. Putting together and maintaining arguments (useful for a marketing/awareness campaign or business case) 3. Oral and communication skills ¿ especially in terms of comprehending large amounts of information and drawing reasoned conclusions 4. Meeting deadlines 5. Working autonomously and in groups Students will learn how to work as a team. To consolidate complex ideas and communicate them in understandable terms. They will practice time management as well as working independently.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 40%
Written assignment (inc essay) 60%

1. blog (40%)

2. Essay: (60%)

Feedback methods

Feedback method Formative or Summative
  • Written feedback on blog piece assignment
  • Informal verbal feedback during lectures and tutorials.
  • Additional one-Formative to-one feedback (during office hours or by making an appointment)
Formative
  • Written feedback on the essay assignment

Formative
  • Written feedback on essay plans

Summative

 

Recommended reading

Adger, W. N., Barnett, J., Brown, K., Marshall, N., & O'Brien, K. (2013). Cultural dimensions of climate change impacts and adaptation. Nature Climate Change, 3(2), 112-117.

Bankoff G (2001) Rendering the world unsafe: ‘Vulnerability’ as western discourse. Disasters 25: 19–35.

Clammer, J. (2012). The place of culture in development. In Culture, Development and Social Theory: Towards an Integrated Social Development. J. Clammer. London, Zed books.

F. Kruger., Bankoff, G., Cannon, T., Orlowski, B., & Schipper, L (Eds.). Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction (pp. 162–71). New York: Routledge.

Said, E. W (1979). Introduction In Said, E. Orientalism. Vintage.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 128

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gemma Sou Unit coordinator

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