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.


Session 1 (30)
Manly 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

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

There are no enrolment restrictions.

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify, describe, and explain the key frameworks and organisations of the humanitarian sector;
  • be able to describe and evaluate the main theoretical concepts, principles, and policies of humanitarian practice;
  • be able to critically analyse the legal, ethical, and cultural issues facing contemporary humanitarian emergencies; and
  • be able to critically reflect and evaluate one's own self-resilience, self-preparedness, and professional practice in relation to complex humanitarian emergencies.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMG309 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Journal article
Report and professional reflection

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.