KE7005 - Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about hazard, disaster and emergency paradigms in developed and developing world contexts and the evolution of disaster management from a response focus to a risk reduction perspective. The developed world perspective will focus particularly on EU and UK responses, whilst the developing world perspective will focus on managing relief and evaluation of quality in developing world emergency relief and response systems; the Humanitarian Charter and minimum standards in emergency relief, refugees and population displacement. The specific topics you will learn are:-

The range of interpretations of disaster management in the context of the global environment for the developed and developing worlds

The range of institutions, stakeholders and processes at various levels and the role of intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organisations with reference to disaster risk reduction and response

The principles, practice and policy of disaster risk reduction and disaster management at various levels

Through case studies and the application of conceptual frameworks the circumstances that give rise to disaster risk or disaster resilience

How to recognise good practice in interventions for disaster management and sustainable development.

How will I learn on this module?

Interactive lectures and independent study form the primary learning and teaching methods. Some directed learning is also provided, including reading for seminars, research on topical disaster events for later class discussion.

Lectures will be used to introduce and develop key issues, concepts and principles across the range of topics covered on the module; in effect they will act as a framework or scaffolding to support your learning. You will then further develop and build your knowledge, understanding and expertise in smaller seminar group discussions and by engaging with on-line, interactive reading lists made available via the module’s electronic learning platform (eLP).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During both lectures and seminars you will interact closely with teaching staff. Your class materials will be further supported by on-line resources available via the module eLP site. These resources include an interactive reading list with on-line access to a number of key articles and aligned with your weekly lecture programme. Support is available outside of teaching time. Staff can be contacted via e-mail where you can ask for guidance on a particular topic or arrange for a meeting where that topic can be discussed.

Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: Critically evaluate the ideological interpretations, principles and practice of disaster risk reduction and response, from the local to the global, encompassing first and third world environments
• MLO2: Identify, explain and evaluate the characteristics of institutions involved in disaster risk reduction and response and policies for achieving disaster resilience

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO3: Apply and evaluate models and frameworks for understanding processes relating to disaster risk reduction and response
• MLO4: Identify good practice in interventions for disaster risk reduction and response

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5: Undertake advanced literature searches and reviews to conduct rigorous, concise, academically informed and appropriately referenced critical work

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment of the module is through coursework. You will write a 4,000 word assignment that will critically evaluate disaster management and Disaster Risk Reduction. You will choose your topic from a number that will be provided.

Formative assessment will be given via a tutorial where you will discuss with a tutor the topic you have selected and how you will structure your essay such that it provides a critical insight into disaster management and DRR.

Summative assessment is provided by written feedback on the essay.

This meets MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.





Module abstract

This module aims to explore the contested models of disaster management and how they inform policy at various levels from the international to the local. Case studies will be drawn upon to illustrate the subject breadth and the different approaches to disaster risk reduction (DRR) as practised by potential employers such as United Nations (UN) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as Oxfam. The module will introduce hazard, disaster, emergency paradigms and humanitarianism in first and third world contexts. The key issues in disaster risk reduction and response in both first and third world contexts include health (including psycho-social impacts of disasters); vulnerability and capacity of different social groups; gender, age and class/caste; risk and complex emergencies. Interactive lectures and independent study form the primary learning and teaching methods. Some directed learning is also provided, including reading for seminars and research on topical disaster events, for later class discussion.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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