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AHA722 - Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice

Offering information:

Not offered 2014, reoffered 2015.

* This unit is a combination of Cloud (Online) and intensive campus mode delivery.

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 2014 Cloud (Online)*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:N Higgins
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

AHL701 unless previously completed.

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

Intensive located learning will engage students through visits to local case study sites, guest speakers from the Humanitarian and Emergency Management sectors, classes and seminars. This unit will also engage students in enhanced online presence through CloudDeakin. Students will undertake online exercises, case studies, virtual simulations, cloud concept presentations and student-led discussions.

Note:

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.

 

Content

This unit consists of an intensive campus based module that introduces key issues in humanitarian contexts. While these issues will inevitably change over time, the unit will address current and emerging issues that are affecting humanitarian responses.  The located intensive learning will include visits to local case study areas to explore implementation, political, geographic, organisational and power issues involved in humanitarian and emergency responses to complex disaster situations.  Students will also be introduced to international case studies of humanitarian responses and the contexts in which they occur.  The second aspect to this unit will be delivered via cloud (online) and include the use of virtual case studies to examine the issues of disaster preparedness and the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC) across different physical and cultural contexts.  We will also examine the role of different stakeholders in pre-disaster and post-disaster phases and how community development principles can inform and strengthen the processes involved.  Further, we will explore the role of the media in disasters and emergency response. Finally, the role of response coordination processes will be critically analysed to strengthen understandings of the importance of including all stakeholders including local communities to achieve the best outcomes possible in all phases.

Assessment

Learning journal, (individual), 30%, 1,500 words

Analytical report /presentation, (team) 30%, 1,500 words

Essay or equivalent, (team) 40%, 2,000 words

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