Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Disaster risk reduction is a systematic approach to dealing with hazards through their identification, analysis and subsequent management. In the aftermath of the third world conference on disaster risk reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, the issue of disaster risk reduction has been placed at the heart of sustainable development worldwide through the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The Sendai Framework is both all-encompassing and generically aspirational, leading to considerable variation in both its interpretation and application. This course examines the Sendai Framework from the perspective of governments in all their various forms, differentiating between national/federal, state/province/territory, and local/city levels. The course also introduces a systematic approach to disaster risk reduction.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 2 - 2021


  • Trimester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the societal systems, policies and procedures used to govern a given geographical location in relation to potential hazards and risk reduction.

2. Systematically analyse a given geographic location for potential hazards.

3. Identify the potential risks arising from identified hazards.

4. Develop an effective disaster risk reduction plan for the location.


This course enables students to develop an understanding of the implications of the Sendai Framework upon societal functions as enacted by different levels of government, paying particular heed to hazard identifiication and the subsequent management of risk. It facilitates students' exposure to relevant policies and procedures, complexities of implementation, and their adaptation to the requirements of the Sendai Framework.

The course also introduces students toa range of widely used disaster risk reduction assessment tools including: the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT); the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat) City Resilience Profiling Program; the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); and UNITAR's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT).

Assessment items

Report: Report

Project: Project

Journal: Reflective learning journal

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The course will incorporate blended delivery methods. Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance 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.