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ADS724 - Humanitarian Emergencies and Disaster Relief

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Max Kelly




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

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


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.


Essays, 50% each, 2500 words x 2

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