Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management

Course code ARBE6605Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Architecture and Built Environment

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusTrimester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:

• Critically evaluate resilience in the context of social vulnerability
• Understand the issues impacting the transitional process form emergency phase to reconstruction phase
• Critically evaluate impact of government policy in disaster preparedness and reconstruction
• Critically evaluate the pre and post disaster policy level strategic planning process
• Appreciate the socio-political issues impacting on the decision making process during post disaster situations
Content• 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.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenot applicable
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments• Minor group submission, (written and oral) focused on reinforcing discipline based thoughts on disaster management.
• A minor academic written piece of work into the discourse of the social context within which disaster management is contextualized.
• A major academic written piece of work (professional report) linking policy framework to post disaster preparedness, response and reconstruction
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ARBE6605