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?
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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.
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What's different about this course?
Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.
If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.
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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.