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Political Theory Perspectives for Emergencies and Disasters and their Management

Discover the importance of differing theoretical perspectives to the understanding and response to emergencies and disasters.

Political Theory Perspectives for Emergencies and Disasters and their Management
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study10 hours

Why join the course?

This course will investigate, interpret and evaluate political theories of the state as alternative lenses for understanding emergencies, disasters and intervention into them. Problems posed by emergencies and disasters, and intervention into them, are inextricably linked to broader social, economic and political issues.

Therefore, this course will consider different theoretical perspectives that can shine alternative lights on emergencies and disasters, and which can also suggest new, and possibly more effective, approaches to intervening into these events.

What topics will you cover?

  • Political theories of the state.

  • Alternative perspectives on the relationship between government and stakeholders, interest groups, and communities, and the implications of these relationships for intervening in emergencies and disasters.

  • Alternative perspectives on and explanations for emergencies and disasters.

  • Government versus market-based approaches to emergencies and disasters.

  • Case studies illustrating alternative political theory approaches to emergencies and disasters.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Investigate theory and/or other concepts relating to theories of the state, as is relevant to the overall program
  • Investigate, interpret and evaluate pluralist political theory
  • Investigate, interpret and evaluate elite political theory
  • Investigate, interpret and evaluate public choice/rational choice political theory
  • Investigate, interpret and evaluate how different political theories of the state offer alternative understandings of emergencies and disasters, and prescriptions for intervention in them

Who is the course for?

Students enrolled on Integrated Emergency Management, part of the Coventry University Online MSc in Emergency Management and Resilience.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

A former London Fire Brigade SEVESO emergency planner, teaching emergency preparedness, the UK Civil Contingencies Act, and public policy and political economy approaches to emergency intervention.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry