Theory and Practice of Disaster Management

10 Units

This course examines the social, economic and environmental impacts of natural and human-initiated disasters and conflicts. It explores the theory, practice, ethics and social responsibility of disaster management in the context of community involvement. This is achieved through investigating the resilience of society and the economy, and the consequences and activities during the immediate period after the occurrence of a disaster or conflict.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Availability Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the concept of disasters in the context of the United Nations’ Sendai framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Analyse the impact of disasters and conflicts on physical, social infrastructure and communities
  3. Apply strategies within the social, physical and economic environment to reduce risk and mitigate against the effects of a disaster or conflict and align to a relevant SDG
  4. Critically appraise the need to link response, mitigation and recovery of society to the SDGs and the Sendai framework
  • Defining disasters - definitions; hazard types and orgins; origins and impact; vulnerability and risk; consequences of ignoring hazards in construction
  • Linking the United Nations; Sendai framework and Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) to the process of disaster management
  • Resilience - origins and definition of resilience; resilience in soceity and the physical environment
  • Managing disasters - reinstating and supplying temporary services and shelter; temporary housing; stakeholders of managing disasters and disaster risk reduction; impact of disasters to social and physical infrastructure facilities and restoring major social and physical infrastructure
  • Developing resilience in society and the physical environment - capacities for disaster mitigation and reconstruction; disaster risk reduction and its typologies; reconstruction as a window of opportunity aligning to the SDGs and Sendai framework
Assessment Items
  • Essay: Natural disasters
  • Presentation: The physical and social impact of disasters
  • Report: Developing resilience

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
On-campus and Distance Learners will engage in online tutorials (wikis) for 12 weeks

Course Materials
  • Rebuilding After Disasters
  • Disaster and Development
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for ARBE6601
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