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At Postgraduate Programs (Master, PgDipl; PgCert in Humanitarian, Emergency & Disaster Management at CDU, I have been responsible for the following units:

DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context

DEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management

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 approahes; 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 theoris 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 leardership; 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; behaviorial 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 responsees to terrorism in Europe; Cultural safety and competence

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