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EDMG502 - Emergency and Disaster Theory

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG502 Course ID: 2828 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course establishes the theoretical foundation that enables the study and understanding of what constitutes ‘disaster’ as a part of the human condition and experience. Students are given a basic understanding of scientific concepts such as fact, theory, and hypothesis. These are then illustrated by analysis and case studies provided by renowned thinkers and writers in the field of emergency and disaster management. Students leave the class with a quality theoretical foundation from which to conduct all of their future master’s-level work.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1: Assess concepts typically associated with scientific research and literature
  • LO-2: Analyze the scholarly works of scientific researcher with respect to emergency and disaster management
  • LO-3: Evaluate the impacts of theory (abstract) on operations (reality)
  • LO-4: Synthesize the lessons to be learned from a large body of research and writing

Reading/Writing Assignments: Papers will be graded using the APUS graduate rubric, with attention paid to comprehension, depth of knowledge, and clear expression of ideas and arguments. Additionally, adherence to APA conventions will be required.

Discussion Assignments: To achieve full credit for a discussion, one must: create an original post; respond to a minimum of two classmates; and respond to everyone who responded to you. Posts must be thoughtful and responses helpful in a way that enhances understanding of the topics and issues.

Required Course Textbooks

Note: The text is available as an ebook from the Kindle store, if not from the publisher. It is not necessary to own a Kindle. A free Kindle app is available for both PCs and MACs. Ebooks in most cases are provided at reduced cost and ebook use is encouraged. In many cases, Kindle books may be rented from Amazon, further reducing cost.

Book Title:Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention (available free online at
Publication Info:World Bank
Author:World Bank Publication
Unit Cost:$51.35
Book Title:What Is A Disaster?: New Answers to Old Questions
Publication Info:Xlibris, Corp
Author:Perry, R. and Quarantelli, E.L.
Unit Cost:$22.04
Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.