Course Title: International Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2234

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

SOCU2234

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2017

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2234

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex17 (ISV)

Course Coordinator: Vandra Harris

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2960

Course Coordinator Email: vandra.harris@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.25

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is focused on the theory and practice surrounding responses to disasters and humanitarian emergencies, which are capturing world attention at an increasing rate. It is important to understand that crises such as these do not happen in a political or social vacuum, and the course addresses issues of context before, during and after crises, and how these affect possible and actual actions. This is supplemented by a focus on the diverse actors in such contexts, their differing approaches, and the extent to which they collaborate.

The course draws on key publications in this area and input from professionals actively engaged in this work, to broaden your understanding of the core issues.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The overall objective of this course is to broaden your understanding of disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, so that you have a good intellectual foundation from which to enter work in this area.


Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to
- Explain disaster relief and humanitarian assistance
- Differentiate resources available to professionals working in these areas
- Describe and Explain key issues addressed in academic literature
- Critically analyse the complex and sometimes competing demands and priorities encountered in this work
- Present the above in a coherent and well argued manner, both written and verbally


Overview of Learning Activities

Primary learning activities include lectures; class activities and discussion; allocated readings; analysis of cases; guest lectures; and assessment tasks.

Students are expected to attend all classes.


Overview of Learning Resources

The readings will be made available through Blackboard, and a printed reader will usually be available from the RMIT Bookshop.

A broad range of further resources is available in the RMIT library.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will primarily be through written assignments, which may include reading summaries, essays and critical reflection pieces. There will also be a participation component, which may include contributions in class, participation in a simulation exercise, and group presentations.