Provides a detailed analysis of the sociological and psychological aspects of disasters and disaster preparedness as experienced by individuals, communities and organisations.
- History, theory and research
- Disaster life cycle and typology
- Human responses to disasters
- Disaster planning implications
- Organisation and community responses to disaster
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||critically evaluate the theory and research and apply it to disaster preparedness||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||apply the four phases of the Disaster Life Cycle and disaster typology to a disaster||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||discuss how disaster mythology influences individuals, communities and disaster preparedness||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||predict and identify common psychosocial responses of individuals and communities to disasters||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||determine the most appropriate communication strategies in communities given known human responses to disasters and disaster preparedness||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|6||identify potential problems in the ways organisations might behave in response to disaster, hazard mitigation and preparedness.||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Rodriguez, H, Quarantelli, EL & Dynes, RR , 2007, Handbook of Disaster Research, Springer, New York.
- Upreti, BN, 2006, The Nexus between Natural Disasters and Development: Key Policy Issues in Meeting the Millennium Development Goals and Poverty Alleviation, Economic Policy Network, Kathmandu.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)|
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