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PRL8009 Disaster Communication

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 25 June 2022


Research has shown that in Australia (Ryan and Matheson, 2010), 20% of the problems in the management of disaster and emergency incidents relates to communication with the community before, during and after the disaster. Reasons for this include lack of inclusion of communication teams by operational teams, and lack of professional standing of communicators. This course aims to improve the professional standing and skills required by communicators to ensure that disaster operations include communication with the community as a matter of course.

This course will prepare students for working in a disaster management environment in their own country, and international disaster management principles. Students examine the history of disaster management and the practical application of disaster communication theory. They also investigate disaster management arrangements, the disaster management environment, and leadership in disaster, and examine the role of the communication team in each of these aspects. Students also analyse and apply communication techniques, skills and processes that are unique to disaster communication.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 25 June 2022