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 Social Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2015


The unit surveys policy issues and responses by the international community, relevant to crises in the area of conflict, natural hazards and human security. These responses are increasingly multi-disciplinary recognising the complexities and the underlying issues affecting these crises. The whole crisis management cycle including disaster response, recovery and preparedness will be covered. Field based case studies, expert guest lectures and workshop formats will be used to support lectures.


On satisfactory completion of this subject, students will have developed research, critical thinking and writing of the highest academic standards.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Critical understanding of the concepts behind the laws, conventions and principles that guide international and regional reponses.
  2. Critical understanding of field-based examples of crisis relief and response frameworks including integrated strategies that include humanitarian, social, political and security components.
  3. Development of analytical skills that help to question the appropriateness of relief responses and interventions
  4. Capacity for independent, self-motivated research.
  5. Capacity to write lucid, critical, balanced assessments of crisis management.
  6. Opportunities to specialise in particular areas of human rights/crisis management by the provision of world class research training and supervision.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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