EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience (8)

Sustainability, vulnerability and resilience are now key words for emergency managers. Disaster plans must incorporate the philosophy of sustainable development. Increasingly communities are being encouraged to find ways to build their resilience, rather than 'waiting for help to arrive'. The degree to which a community is considered resilient is often spoken about in terms of its 'vulnerability'. Through the use of case study examples this subject explores the concepts of sustainability, vulnerability and resilience in both the western and third world world context.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMG308. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define what is meant by a `community┐ within the emergency management context
  • be able to describe the impact of trauma on communities, industry and individuals
  • be able to explain the principles and process of recovery
  • be able to link environmental recovery to emergency management
  • be able to explain the concepts of social vulnerability and community resilience
  • be able to describe and explain the effect of social structure on disaster recovery
  • be able to devise strategies for building the resilience of a particular community


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • A review of emergency management
  • Definitions and concepts of a community; what happens to communities in emergency
  • Principles and concepts of the recovery process
  • Environmental recovery and sustainable emergency management
  • Vulnerability and resilience; socially vulnerable groups; race and ethnicity
  • The convergence of recovery management and related discipline
  • Building resilience


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.