Online course in Science, Engineering & Maths

Disaster Risk Reduction: An Introduction

Discover how the idea of disaster management and risk reduction has evolved over time.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
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This course is part of the program Disaster Risk, Resilience, Adaptation and Sustainability, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Disaster Management and Resilience. Find out more.

How do you define a disaster? Find out on this course

On this short course, you will develop an understanding of what a disaster is and how its risks can be minimised. You will be introduced to disaster terminology, phases of the disaster management cycle and disaster risk reduction.

You will also have the opportunity to explore how the idea of disaster management and risk reduction has evolved, as well as how global changes have impacted the sector.

What topics will you cover?

  • The disaster management cycle
  • The historical evolution of disaster management
  • The benefits of reducing risks

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Develop an understanding of various disaster terminology
  • Explore disaster management and risk reduction and how each has developed
  • Assess how disaster risk management reduces disaster risks
  • Identify stakeholders and consider their participation in disaster risk reduction
  • Assess how disaster risk reduction policy can reduce the vulnerability of those affected by disasters

Who is the course for?

This course is for people looking to understand the disaster management cycle and the benefits of reducing disaster risks.

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?

Burcak Basbug Erkan

Burcak Basbug Erkan

Lecturer in Disaster, Risk and Resilience, 20 years of international work on disaster risk reduction, policy development, financial management of disaster losses, catastrophe insurance, statistics

Who developed the course?

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.

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Disaster Risk, Resilience, Adaptation and Sustainability, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Disaster Management and Resilience.