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I have been responsible for teaching the following units/courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate programs (Bachelor, Master, PgDipl; PgCert in Humanitarian, Emergency & Disaster Management) at CDU Australia:

DEM300. Community based disaster risk management

DEM511 Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Management in Context

DEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management [Crisis Leadership]

DEM514 Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management

DEM615  Reflective Case Study in Emergency and Disaster Management

Brief examples of topics covered in the units [2017]:

In DEM511: Risk, hazard, vulnerability assessments at different levels in different contexts including complex humanitarian settings; conflict warning systems; how to make resilience a reality; integrated DRR/DRM approaches; critical evaluation of humanitarian response standards; food security and other sectors under changing climate; understanding disaster policy assessment and disaster policy making processes; participatory urban adaptation; students video project on disaster theories from >50 prominent scholars;

For DEM513; Crisis leadership theories and practice; Decision making under uncertainties; crisis and risk communication; disaster bureaucracy and leadership; Crisis leadership case studies from Harvard Kennedy School (10 cases including leadership and decision making from Indian Ocean Tsunami to 9/11 cases); understanding decision making models; civil military coordination;  humanitarian technology and innovation; how to do consulting in humanitarian emergency and disaster management; crisis communication skills.

For DEM514;  Understanding institutions and disaster risk; complexity theory and social network application in disaster and emergency studies; advanced livelihoods analysis; end to end global and local disaster early warning systems; cultural response to risk and disasters; cultural safety and disaster; participation and DRR; social exclusion and disaster reduction; psychology of disaster risk and decision making; key concepts and theories and practices in social science approaches to disaster management problems.

For DEM615; Reflective practice concepts and theories in humanitarian emergency and disaster management; Reflective Practice in Disaster and Emergency Management [From Paulo Freire and Donald Schön to present day’s reflective practice] ; Students’ reflective case studies writing projects could be: critical reflection of recent disaster interventions;

Brief examples of topics covered in the units [2016]:

For DEM513; Global humanitarian ecosystems; humanitarian reform agenda at global and regional levels; crisis leadership; asking the risk leadership questions; understanding decision making models; humanitarian/ disaster diplomacy; civil military coordination;  post disaster need assessment methodology; risk communication; how to do consulting in humanitarian emergency and disaster management; humanitarian technology for effective response.

DEM514: Sociological and anthropological approaches risk and disasters; system theory; complexity theory and social network application in disaster and emergency studies; advanced livelihoods analysis; end to end global and local disaster early warning systems; cultural response to risk and disasters; participation and DRR; social exclusion and disaster reduction; psychology of disaster risk; behavioral economics and disaster risk;

DEM615: Reflective practice concepts and theories in humanitarian emergency and disaster management; Students’ reflective case studies writing projects could be: critical reflection of recent disaster interventions; critical reflection on a particular risk communication strategy; evaluation of recent civil protection and emergency responses to terrorism in Europe; Cultural safety and competence

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