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BSc International Disaster Management & Humanitarian Response / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Introduction to Disaster Management
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This is a core unit that introduces students to key topics and concepts in disaster management. No prior knowledge is assumed. The causes of disasters are explored and different approaches to addressing them are critically analysed through lecture and seminars. Course content includes disaster vulnerability and resilience, as well as the disasterment management cycle. Students will gain a clear understanding of the different types of disasters, disaster risks, and how and why vulnerability to hazards varies across space and time, in both low- and high-income contexts.
- To introduce students to the key concepts that underpin disaster management and to foster critical perspective on these concepts
- To understand why the disaster management is increasingly important
- To explore the meanings and interpretations of disasters
- To critically analyse the evolution of disaster management
- To identify some of the current challenges to effectiveness disaster management
- To develop an informed perspective on the causes of disasters and how they can be addressed
Knowledge and understanding
Through this course the students will
- Understand different interpretations of the meaning of the term ‘disaster’ and why this is contested
- Explore common similarities and differences between disaster risk management and disaster risk reduction in terms of origins, goals, and techniques
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the disaster management
- Understand the causes of, disasters in terms of hazards and vulnerability, as well as approaches to resilience based on decreasing exposure to risk
- Explore concepts of vulnerability and resilience in terms of components, assessment, and disaster management
- Develop writing skills for academic and non-academic audiences
- Develop analytical skills
- Develop ability to synthesise literature from a wide range of sources.
- Navigate complex debates dealing with current and historic events, issues and concepts;
- Articulate and defend one’s own informed position
- Understand how scholarship relates to practice
- Analyze the effeciency of disaster management
- Demonstrate analytical skills with peers and tutors through lectures and seminars
- Demonstrat effective use of library resources drawing on relevant academic and grey literature, and seeking out information through the use of virtual sources to underpin learning and gathering information for written work
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Develop communication skills for diverse audiences
- Develop, plan and undertake an individual research project
- Develop analytical skills both verbally and in writing
- Develop confidence articulating ideas during group discussions
- Initiative - act unprompted and assume responsibility. Creativity - ability to be innovative and apply lateral thinking in problem solving and decision making.
- Information Retrieval - ability independently to gather, synthesise and organise material from diverse sources, and to critically evaluate its significance. Research - ability to plan and implement an effective research project.
- Presentation - capacity to make oral presentations, using appropriate media for a target audience. Negotiation - understand group dynamics and intercultural backgrounds in the use of negotiating skills to reach objectives. Time Management - ability to schedule tasks in order of importance. Applying Subject Knowledge - use of discipline specific knowledge in everyday situations. Improving own Learning - ability to improve one's own learning through planning, reflecting, and adapting learning strategies.
Written feedback on blog and essay
Informal verbal feedback during seminars and one on one meetings
Coppola, D. A. 2011. Introduction to International Disaster Management (2nd ed.). London: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Cox Jr, L. A. 2008. Some Limitations of Risk = Threat x Vulnerability — Consequences for Risk Analysis of Terrorist Attacks. Risk Analysis: An International Journal, 28, 1749-1761.
Garrick, B. J. 2008. Quantifying and Controlling Catastrophic Risk. New York: Academic Press.
O'Keefe, P., Westgate, K. & Wisner, B. 1976. Taking the naturalness out of natural disasters. Nature, 260, 566-567.
Quarantelli, E. L. 1998. What is a disaster?: perspectives on the question, London, Routledge.
Wamsler, C. (2014). Cities, disaster risk and adaptation. London, Routledge.
Wisner, B., Blaikie, P., Cannon, T. & Davis, I. 2004. At Risk: Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability and Disasters. London, Routledge.
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|Stephanie Sodero||Unit coordinator|
|Gemma Sou||Unit coordinator|