DeakinConnect is Deakin University’s open learning space.
Our first open course is Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters.

What is Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters about?

Earthquake, flood, fire, famine and conflict - we seem to be hearing more about these things everyday, and they affect many communities all around the world. Fortunately, there are many organisations made up of dedicated people who are trained and ready to assist communities affected by disasters. This course explores topics such as history and trends in humanitarian action, key issues in the humanitarian sector and the transition from disaster response to development.

What will I learn in Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters?

On completion of this course your learning exhibits can demonstrate your achievements in:

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  • Discipline specific global learning objective icon Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities - the history of the humanitarian sector; the principles and practices that inform responses to natural and human induced disasters and emergencies; key humanitarian organisations, individuals and their roles; and the complexities and ethical challenges of disaster and emergency responses.
  • Communication skills global learning objective icon Communication skills - using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
  • Critical thinking global learning objective icon Critical thinking - evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
  • Digital literacy global learning objective icon Digital literacy - using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
  • Global citizenship global learning objective icon Global citizenship - engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

How will this happen in DeakinConnect?

You will be able to:

  • Learn by accessing resources such as expert commentary and interviews, and by testing response strategies in Lolesia, an imaginary country in South East Asia suffering from decades of economic stagnation and oppressive rule.
  • Engage by agreeing, challenging or questioning others’ ideas.
  • Network with humanitarians and peers from across the globe.
  • Evidence your understanding of the field and your capabilities in your online portfolio.
  • Credit - give and receive peer credit and feedback on others’ learning. In addition, up to 100 participants will be able to apply for entry and earn credit towards a Deakin University qualification in this field (fees apply).

Meet Dr Phil Connors, Course Leader

Phot of Dr Phil Connors

Dr Phil Connors has a background in community and participatory development and has taught in the Masters of International and Community Development for eight years, the last two as Course Director. Phil has over 20 years of working with communities in development and emergency response contexts. Over the last two years Phil has developed a strong partnership with Save the Children Australia and other partner organisations to develop a Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Leadership. Phil is also taking a lead role in the development of the Master of Humanitarian Assistance which is proposed to commence at Deakin in November 2013. Phil’s current research focus is on the role of community-based participatory approaches in strengthening resilience of communities to cope with disasters, and to be involved in the transition phase to rebuilding as early as possible.

Why is Deakin University doing this?

FAQs

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