Unit description

Provides students with an understanding of the complexity of communities, and how politics and economics influence the way communities prepare for, and respond to, emergencies and disaster. It enables students to focus on specific communities and a specific emergency or disaster and consider the impact of politics and economics on the response. It prepares students for future related roles/occupations.

Unit content

Topic 1. Defining community
Topic 2. Emergencies, disasters and politics
Topic 3. Policy development for emergencies and disasters
Topic 4. Forming, implementing and evaluating emergency management policy in institutional settings
Topic 5. Economic aspects of emergencies and disasters

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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