- Code EMDV8124
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Science
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Siobhan McDonnell
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2019
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This course discusses disaster governance and global policy perspectives for Disaster Risk Reduction in the context of the principles set out in the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2007 and the emphasis on 'Build Back Better' encapsulated in the Sendai 2015
documents. It focuses on resilience theory, adaptation, and transformation in societies impacted by disasters. Taking a wide range of case studies from Asia and other areas of the world, this course explores the issues of participatory disaster governance, the role of decentralization of disaster resources and responsibilities, and best practice principles in preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery and reconstruction. By investigations of the application of human security and sustainable development principles, the course will take the student into the intersecting research communities of development, climate change, disasters, and poverty alleviation in studying how disasters impact on human, social and political behaviour, and how disaster impacted populations respond to these crisis events.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Develop a critical capacity to evaluate the principles and practices of disaster risk reduction and management;
- Develop a deep understanding of disaster resilience, risk mitigation, and recovery policies as they arise from natural hazards around the globe;
- Develop the capacity to participate in debates on disaster governance and societal reconstruction.
This course is run in American graduate school style. Students are expected to do the readings each week before class and be prepared to discuss issues arising from the material. This course is research-led teaching and is interactive using powerpoints for each in-class session. The course uses a substantial number of case studies from around the world to give students a grounded experience of how disasters impact on people and their societies, their political cultures and institutions. While there are no examinations for this course, students will be expected to participate fully in the class discussions and critically evaluate the disaster governance principles under consideration.
Indicative Assessment20% - Presentation
20% - Short paper, 1500 words
50% - Long paper, 4000 words
10% - Class participation
Workload40 contact hours
Weekly readings are specified in the course outline
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- 6 units
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