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GOVT6318 - Crises, Disasters and Public Management
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - 6 credit points
HECS Band one
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Government and International Relations
Offered session(s): 8
Classes: Intensive

Assessment: Case Study, Project, Class test

Crises and disasters encompass a range of phenomena. They include natural disasters (hurricanes, floods and tsunamis), terrorist bombings (Bali, New York, Madrid, London), corporate failures (Enron, Worldcom), threats to human and animal welfare (Sars, Foot and Mouth, BSE), critical incidents (rail crashes, aviation accidents, mass shootings), environmental degradation (rain forests, ozone layer), and policy failures (UK Poll Tax, Australian Wheat Board). Some of these are `sudden' crises which arrive on agendas without warning, while others are `creeping' crises - the build-up of many months and often years of problems. The common denominator is that they pose a threat to prevailing patterns of organisational, social, economic and political interaction. It is for this reason that governments and public authorities are at the forefront of dealing with crises and disasters. This Unit of Study focuses on the causes and consequences of crises and disasters, as well as the strengths and weakness of different public policy responses to managing these extra-ordinary phenomena. Teaching and learning is via a combination of lectures, seminars, role play workshops and video case studies.
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