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 the context of both western and developing countries.


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

Assumed Knowledge

EMG100 & EMG208

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to assess the impact of trauma of communities, industry, and individuals;
  • be able to evaluate the level of social vulnerability and resilience in a community;
  • be able to design strategies for building the resilience of communities;
  • be able to apply the principles and process of recovery in emergency management within a community; and
  • be able to examine the relationship between environmental sustainability and disaster recovery.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • A review of emergency management
  • Definitions and concepts of a community; what happens to communities in an 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMG308 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Literature review
Journal article: case study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.