AHA722 - Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

All students will be required to complete 18-hours of self-paced preparatory work in the three weeks prior to the intensive

Scheduled learning activities - online

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

In-person attendance requirements

All students are required to attend a 5-day intensive (8-hours per day) at Burwood (Melbourne)

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 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 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.

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