Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Political and Social Inquiry
OfferedOverseas Summer semester B 2013 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Ms Sharmini Sherrard


The unit will provide opportunities for students to examine Bangladesh's applied disaster response and recovery approaches. It will deepen student understanding and knowledge of the practical aspects of disaster frameworks. The focus will on both the successes and challenges of disaster theory and strategy at the implementation level. The trip will include field visits to sites and projects on the following topics: disaster risk reduction, community adaptation to climate change, food security, livelihoods and microcredit. The nexus between recovery and development and preparedness will also be addressed during the trip.


On completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically examine all phases of disaster response, recovery and preparedness at the applied level;
  2. understand the practical aspects and challenges of disaster management;
  3. understand the development of disaster policies and programmes;
  4. apply qualitative approaches to research inquiry;
  5. develop project proposals using the essential tools of disaster response frameworks;
  6. understand methodological frameworks for project evaluation with an emphasis on project impacts;
  7. develop lucid, critical balanced assessments on relevant topics.


Review essay (1800 words): 20%
Class presentation and field diary (3000 words): 50%
Project proposal (2700 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Overseas field trip for 8 - 12 days (block mode)


Permission only