Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the social, economic and environmental impacts of natural and human-initiated disasters and conflicts. It explores the theory, practice, ethics and social responsibility of disaster management in the context of community involvement. This is achieved through investigating the resilience of society and the economy, and the consequences and activities during the immediate period after the occurrence of a disaster or conflict.



  • Trimester 1 - 2022


  • Trimester 1 - 2022
  • Trimester 3 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the concept of disasters in the context of the United Nations' Sendai framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

2. Analyse the impact of disasters and conflicts on physical, social infrastructure and communities

3. Apply strategies within the social, physical and economic environment to reduce risk and mitigate against the effects of a disaster or conflict and align to a relevant SDG

4. Critically appraise the need to link response, mitigation and recovery of society to the SDGs and the Sendai framework


  • Defining disasters - definitions; hazard types and orgins; origins and impact; vulnerability and risk; consequences of ignoring hazards in construction
  • Linking the United Nations; Sendai framework and Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) to the process of disaster management
  • Resilience - origins and definition of resilience; resilience in soceity and the physical environment
  • Managing disasters - reinstating and supplying temporary services and shelter; temporary housing; stakeholders of managing disasters and disaster risk reduction; impact of disasters to social and physical infrastructure facilities and restoring major social and physical infrastructure
  • Developing resilience in society and the physical environment - capacities for disaster mitigation and reconstruction; disaster risk reduction and its typologies; reconstruction as a window of opportunity aligning to the SDGs and Sendai framework

Assessment items

Essay: Natural disasters

Presentation: The physical and social impact of disasters

Report: Developing resilience

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


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

The course will incorporate blended delivery methods. Online students will receive equivalent instructions through online or other blended education strategies.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.