EMG309 Humanitarian Relief (8)


This subject will provide a broad overview of what to expect when working in the humanitarian aid sector. It is designed for students of Emergency Management, and students from any other disciplines who may be considering serving in a humanitarian capacity. Topics covered include making personal preparations, how to define socially responsible engagement, an overview of the international relief system, and a background to what is a complex emergency. 

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Session 1
DistanceManly Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMG309
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment restrictions

There are no enrolment restrictions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  be able to summarise what is a complex emergency be able to explain the principles of humanitarian practice be able to define what is meant by socially responsible engagement
be able to make effective personal preparations for departure be able to describe the major aid organisations
be able to outline the skills they bring to the sector


The subject will cover the following topics:

Complex emergencies

Principles and concepts of humanitarian practice

Humanitarian ethics and socially responsible engagement

Background to aid organisations

Preparing for departure

Essential skills

Personal security

Case Studies of relief workers


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.