• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Human Ecology, Anthropology, Population Studies
  • Specialisation code DISS-SPEC

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

  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 the following courses:

EMDV8124 - Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (6 units)

ENVS8048 - Topics in Environment & Society (6 units)

 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH8060 - Gender in Resource and Environmental Management (6 units)

ARCH6022 - Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change (6 units)

ASIA8048 - Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA8050 - Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

EMDV8101 - State, Society and Natural Resources (6 units)

EMDV8104 - Environmental Governance (6 units)

EMSC8706 - Introduction to Natural Hazards (6 units)

ENVS6308 - Fire in the Environment (6 units)

ENVS8003 - Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation (6 units)

ENVS8016 - Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction (6 units)

POPH8102 - Global Population Health (6 units)

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