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Coventry University

International Disaster Management

UCAS Code: NH22

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Emergency and disaster management

Between 2005-2014, 700,000 people lost their lives in disasters affecting 1.7 billion people and causing $1.4 trillion worth of damage, according to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNSDR).
As the world faces an increasing number of natural and man-made disasters, the need for effective disaster management has become a global priority.

This course aims to develop your understanding of the causes of disasters, how to minimise their impact and develop long-term community resilience in both developed and less developed countries. It brings to life the challenges of managing crises when they happen, anywhere in the world.

Disaster management has been taught at Coventry University for over 20 years, so we have a wealth of experience. Our curriculum is systematically mapped against the current National Occupational Standards for Civil Contingencies, developed by UK Skills for Justice in association with the Emergency Planning Society. Our courses can also benefit from a longstanding partnership with the Outreach Organisation, whose specialist training and facilities focus on teambuilding and field skills, including Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), Casualty Management and Search Management for the emergency services.

**Year 1**
In your first year you will have the chance to start developing an understanding of the causes of disasters, their impacts on people and critical infrastructure through the analysis of real case studies and the role of emergency management. As part of these studies you will be introduced to environmental systems, humanitarian operations and organisational management. We aim to equip you with necessary knowledge to identify, critically analyse, assess and successfully manage a range of crisis, emergency and potential disaster situations and to operate confidently in policy and management sectors. They clearly reflect today’s focus on community-practitioner engagement, sustainability, disaster risk reduction and resilience.

Study of disaster is the study of real world phenomena and how they impact on people, the environment and infrastructure, as such, is complemented with contemporary case studies, for example, the recent Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean and the Amatrice earthquakes in Italy.

**Year 2**
In the second year, through further study, you should be able to form a deeper understanding of hazards, risk and vulnerability by analysing factors such as poverty, environmental change and community resilience.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), project management, crises management and logistics.

**Optional Placement Year**
After the second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year on an industrial placement or spending 12 months studying abroad to broaden your international perspective.

**Final Year**
In the final year, you will have the opportunity to assess a range of risk reduction interventions, investigate how disaster risk reduction can be mainstreamed into public policy and implement a systematic approach to disaster management.

You will also have the opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing. For example, past students have explored the use of social media in disaster and the effectiveness of inter-agency response.

Modules

**Study Themes**
* **Introduction to disasters:** Provides an overview of the nature of disasters and an understanding of natural and human-made phenomena that may pose a threat to people, as well as to the natural and built environments. We will have the chance to study the distinct approaches to disaster, before, during and after a disaster and humanitarian intervention in both developed and developing countries. This course is very much international in outlook with a particular focus on the roles of NGOs and UN agencies. We will also look at how emergencies are managed in the UK, focusing on the statutory duties, statutory and non-statutory guidance arising from the UK and European legislative framework for emergencies, in particular, The Civil Contingencies Act.

* **Risk assessment and warning:** We’ll introduce you to the theoretical principles, tools and techniques which underpin risk management, how to use quantitative and empirical analysis to predict and assess risk, along with wider discussions of governance and ethical practice, and importantly how to effectively communicate information about risk and warning messages.

* **Humanitarian relief and interventions:** In studying humanitarian operations, we will examine the organisation and management of humanitarian agencies, their changing roles internationally and the processes used to identify and then target resources that support humanitarian operations. We focus on key issues relating to humanitarian action and the effectiveness of various interventions in increasingly complex global contexts. We aim to consider the ethical challenges inherent in humanitarian operations, as well as issues such as sustainability.

* **Post disaster reconstruction:** We look at the issues associated with the transition from recovery to development in a post-disaster context. You will have the change to develop your knowledge and skills with regards reconstruction of housing, infrastructure, alternative energy sources and critical scientific, managerial and social considerations for interventions in the cycle of pre-disaster, post-disaster and development, within a risk-reduction framework. Particular emphasis will be placed on sustainability and sustainable development concepts.

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Energy, Construction and Environment

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What students say


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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Management studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

65%
UK students
35%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

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Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Public services and other associate professionals
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