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ADS724 - Humanitarian Emergencies and Disaster Relief

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:M Kelly



ADS701 for students enrolled in courses A511, A611, A727.2 unless previously completed.

Incompatible with:



Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


The aim of this unit is to equip development professionals with the skills to better analyse and respond to humanitarian emergency and disaster situations. The unit is organised into four equally weighted modules namely:

Module 1: Basic issues in humanitarian emergencies and disaster relief:

definitions; different types of disaster; conflicts and disasters over the past 15 years; vulnerability and capacity; stakeholder analysis; the disaster risk management cycle (DRMC); the role of the media; basic needs matrix; logistics, maps and geographical/ climatic constraints.

Module 2: Historical perspectives and case studies:

historical developments since the end of the cold war; development of complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs); natural disasters over the past 15 years.

Module 3: Disaster risk management planning:

hazards, vulnerability and risk assessment; traditional coping mechanisms; development of disaster risk management plans (DRMPs); planning, coordination, implementation, review and evaluation issues.

Module 4: Contemporary issues:

standards and codes of conduct; politicisation of humanitarian aid; personal risk and security; training needs and human resource management best practice.


Two essays of equal value, each approximately 2,500 words and worth 50% of final mark

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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