• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code DISS-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Disaster Studies Specialisation

Effective disaster risk reduction and management requires an understanding of the complex integrated policies and practices in this field, and the correlated impacts of climate change, development and socio-political frameworks on disaster governance. This specialisation takes into account the significant impacts disasters have in the Asia-Pacific, Australian, Caribbean, and African regions, and has at its core, analysis of the principles and applications of international policy on disasters, including the Yokohama (1994), Hyogo (1995) and Sendai (2015) frameworks.  Gaining a thorough understanding of the interrelationships among the environment, socio-cultural and socio-political systems, and disaster risk management prepares students to engage as practitioners, researchers and policy advisers in disaster risk reduction and management, environmental and natural resource management, and human ecology.


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this specialisation, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate effective understanding of the integration of disasters, development, poverty alleviation and climate change and their impacts on disaster-affected regions of the world.
  2. Analyse and synthesise the complex connections among institutions, culture, governance and leadership including socio-economic and political frameworks that impact on effective disaster risk reduction, preparedness and recovery.
  3. Critique and synthesise existing conceptual and practical approaches to development of effective disaster risk reduction and management strategies and policies in international and Australian contexts.
  4. Apply specialist and non-specialist written, oral and visual communication skills to effectively convey and discuss integrated knowledge about disaster risk reduction, preparedness and recovery and policy applications and global frameworks in multidisciplinary contexts.
  5. Engage with current environment and sustainability policy debates, demonstrating autonomy, expert judgement, knowledge, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner within the socio-political and cultural contexts in which disasters occur.
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The Specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include

12 units from the completion of courses from the following list:

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment

ARCH6022 Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8050 Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific

EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6311 Severe Weather

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8016 Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction

POPH8102 Global Population Health

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