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Emergencies and Disasters: Trends and Issues

Understand the common characteristics of emergencies and disasters, and explore the challenges they create.

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Emergencies and Disasters: Trends and Issues
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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This course is part of the program Integrated Emergency Management: Policy and Issues, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Emergency Management and Resilience. Find out more.

Evaluate the trends and issues of emergencies and disasters

Emergencies and disasters are usually viewed as one-off events without consideration of similar events that have previously occurred. By investigating the common elements of these events, you can better understand how emergencies and disasters should be managed.

On this course, you will uncover the common trends and issues surrounding emergencies and disasters, and understand how these issues impact the ability of stakeholders to intervene. You will also explore the challenges that emergencies create for policymakers and examine how these events are shown to the public.

What topics will you cover?

  • Trends and issues in emergencies and disasters

  • Characteristics of emergencies and disasters such as scale, complexity, and uncertainty

  • Presumptions of responsibility for emergencies and disasters, together with their public profile, and the implications for intervention in these events

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Investigate, interpret and evaluate some of the major trends and issues surrounding emergencies and disasters
  • Investigate and interpret the significance of specific issues, such as public profile and presumptions of responsibility, in respect of emergencies and disasters
  • Evaluate the implications of such issues for intervention in emergencies and disasters
  • Investigate and evaluate how key terms and concepts relevant to emergencies and disasters are an intrinsic part of alternative perspectives on those events, and how these terms and concepts shape intervention

Who is the course for?

This course is for those currently working or looking to work in emergency management within the public or private sectors.

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

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Integrated Emergency Management: Policy and Issues, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Emergency Management and Resilience.

The program considers integrated emergency management and explores theoretical approaches to gain fresh insights and improve professional practice.