• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Resource and Environmental Management
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Siobhan McDonnell
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2023
    See Future Offerings

On-campus & online. Participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2023 dates:all day June 26 in person or June 27 online plus 2hrs per day July 10-23

This course takes a critical approach to explore case studies of disaster governance and responses across Asia and the Pacific. Beginning with framing ideas of resilience theory, as well as concepts of vulnerability and disaster governance this course is designed to explore the politics of disasters and climate change. 

The second half of the course will involve students playing the innovative online disaster game. The focus of the course is a consideration of best-practice, inclusive disaster planning and response. COVID 19 has taught us that the impacts of pandemics and disasters are different depending on a range of political choices, this course will help you explore some of these issues in a real and applied way through a carefully designed, innovative online game played in real-time alongside other students. It is designed for both online and uncaps cohorts, and is taught as an intensive.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate the principles and practices of disaster risk reduction and management;
  2. Understand disaster resilience, risk mitigation, and recovery policies as they arise from natural hazards around the globe;
  3. Critically analyse disaster resilience, risk mitigation, and recovery policies;
  4. Participate in debates on disaster governance and societal reconstruction;
  5. Work collaboratively in diverse teams.

Work Integrated Learning


The WIL component in this course allows you to practice decision making an an individual and in teams, with practitioner input, in a virtual environment through an extended online scenario 'game'.

Other Information

This course runs intensively with two half day workshops, and then an online game played across a two week period (usually during a mid-semester break) when students are expected to be available play online for 1-2 hours a day. Please contact the course convenor for more information.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Group statement (500 wds) (10) [LO null]
  2. Short essay (1000 wds) (20) [LO null]
  3. Participation in the disaster game and debrief
    (40) [LO null]
  4. Reflective essay (2000 wds) (30) [LO null]

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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

This course is taught over two half day workshops, and then an online game played across a two week period (1-2 hours per day).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

See Wattle course site

Preliminary Reading

Weekly readings are specified in the course outline


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
4658 27 Jun 2023 27 Jun 2023 07 Jul 2023 23 Jul 2023 In Person View
4659 27 Jun 2023 27 Jun 2023 07 Jul 2023 23 Jul 2023 Online View

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