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

SOCU2234

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021

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)

SOCU2234

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

PGRDFx2019 (FF)

SOCU2234

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

PGRDFx2020 (All)

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 (email to make a time)


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




Course Learning Outcomes  

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:

  1. Explain disaster relief and humanitarian assistance
  2. Differentiate resources available to professionals working in these areas
  3. Describe and Eexplain key issues addressed in academic literature
  4. Critically analyse the complex and sometimes competing demands and priorities encountered in this work
  5. 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 participate actively, whether they are enrolled face-to-face or online. 


Overview of Learning Resources

All readings will be made available through Canvas.
A broad range of further resources is available in the RMIT library.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will take two key forms. The first is written assignments, which may include reading summaries, essays and critical reflection pieces. The second is active engagement, which may include participation in in-person or online discussions and tasks, participation in a simulation exercise, and group presentations. 

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assignment 1: Module completions, 40% of final grade, approx 1800 words. 

This task requires you to demonstrate completion and understanding of course materials through short written responses. For online delivery of the course there are four short (450 words) responses across the semester; for intensive delivery you will complete a summary of required readings prior to commencement of in-person teaching. (Addresses Course Learning Outcomes 1,3,4). 

Assessment 2: Scenario response, 45% of final grade, equivalent 2,000 words. 

This task requires you to devise a response to a specific humanitarian scenario. You may work together as a group or individually; and the submission may be written or an oral presentation.  Where group work is chosen, the grade will incorporate peer evaluation. Addresses Course Learning Outcomes 1,4,5. 

Assessment 3: Scenario Analysis, 15% of final grade, approx 750 words. 

In this task you draw on academic literature to justify one key aspect of the scenario response in Assessment 2.  (Addresses Course Learning Outcomes 2,3,5)