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 a range of action-oriented strategies relevant to complex crisis responses by the international community. It examines the practice frameworks used to respond to the different phases of crises including emergencies, recovery and preparedness in the context of conflict, natural hazards and human security. Particular attention will be given to understanding the role of project management strategies and principles. Field based case studies, expert guest lectures and workshop formats are used to support seminars.


On satisfactory completion of this subject, students will be able to analyse, design and produce research papers and models on crisis action and response mechanisms.

Specifically the learning outcomes are:

  1. Critical understanding of the concepts pertaining to operational modalities project management approaches.
  2. Critical understanding of field-based examples of crisis relief and responses in a manner that contextualises crisis management within the cultural, social, political, economic cultures of the areas in crisis
  3. Opportunities to specialise in particular areas of crisis response and recovery by the provision of world class research training and supervision
  4. Development of analytical skills that help to question the appropriateness of relief responses and interventions
  5. Capacity for independent, self-motivated research
  6. Capacity to write lucid, critical, balanced assessments of crisis action and response


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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