APG5140 - Guiding principles for professionals engaged in disasters and humanitarian crises - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Frank Archer


Dr Caroline Spencer

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


MDM4010, MDM4110, MIR4110, MDM4070, MIR4170, APG5087, APG5089


This unit adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of disasters and humanitarian crises, including prevention, mitigation, response and recovery. This approach bridges the "domestic and international", "disasters and humanitarian crises", "disasters and development", and "health and non-health" perspectives.

Global and regional perspectives are considered to explore the terminology, classification, epidemiology, natural history and global trends of disasters and humanitarian crises. Students interpret international standards and guidelines and evaluate the way in which these inform policy, practice, education and research opportunities for disaster and humanitarian crises professionals. The broad and critical conceptual and practical understanding of disasters and humanitarian crises that students develop in this unit prepares them for a professional role in disaster and humanitarian crisis management.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and explain the terminology, classification, epidemiology, natural history, context and trends of disasters and humanitarian crises from the global and students' regional perspectives;
  2. evaluate international humanitarian crisis and disaster preparedness and management systems;
  3. interpret international standards and guidelines for assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating disaster and humanitarian crises interventions;
  4. assess how responses to disasters and humanitarian crises can effectively meet the needs of different demographic groups;
  5. recognise and employ the personal and professional competencies expected of disaster and humanitarian professionals;
  6. prepare, as a professional, for disaster and humanitarian crisis prevention, mitigation, response and recovery.


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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