Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management


This course examines the social and political context of disasters and the implication of socio-political and socio-cultural factors to disaster preparedness and recovery. It explores social and political issues facing both developed and developing nations, emphasising the need for the understanding and knowledge of local conditions when preparing for and recovering from disasters. Effective disaster management not only requires financial and technological resources but also involves adequate preparation and inclusion of all stakeholders, including community members, local government organisations and government departments. In this course, students will explore how concepts such as the state and civil society, socio-political and socio-historical reality, poverty, social capital, gender, age and ethnicity form part of disaster management.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 2 - 2015


  • Trimester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate resilience in the context of social vulnerability

2. Understand the issues impacting the transitional process form emergency phase to reconstruction phase

3. Critically evaluate impact of government policy in disaster preparedness and reconstruction

4. Critically evaluate the pre and post disaster policy level strategic planning process

5. Appreciate the socio-political issues impacting on the decision making process during post disaster situations


  • Introduction to the course. Overview: a global and local perspective on disasters.
  • Understanding vulnerability and risk from a social and political perspective: developed and developing nations; poverty. Key stakeholders, interests and activities. Climate change and urbanisation.
  • Vulnerability and urbanisation; vulnerability and remoteness.
  • Understanding vulnerable groups from a social and political perspective: discussion of age, gender, social capital, ethnicity.
  • Understanding the role of the state and civil society: discussion of socio-political and socio-historical realities.
  • Resilience from a social and political perspective: stakeholder engagement; capacity building. Prevention and preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Framing disasters: social and political views, interests and activities.
  • Post disaster rebuilding: social and political considerations; immediate and long-term impact of socio-political factors.

Assessment Items

Journal: Learning Journals

Report: Report

Essay: Essay

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Distance learners will engage online for 12 weeks.