WEL426 Disaster Recovery: A Human Services Perspective (8)

'Disaster recovery' often focuses on the technical, practical and physical aspects of recovery, leaving social, psychological, spiritual and communal aspects under-explored. This subject takes a holistic eco social approach and focuses on the multidimensional nature of recovery from disasters. Students will explore the current environmental context in relation to different types of disasters, including natural disasters and those influenced by environmental degradation and climate change. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on community context, discourses, policy, governance, service systems, resilience and approaches to disaster recovery from a human services perspective.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL426. 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


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain disaster recovery as a multidimensional, human services issue;
  • be able to explain different types of disaster in the context of climate change;
  • be able to analyse how 'sense of place', community context, notions of resilience and social structures impact on disaster recovery;
  • be able to analyse impacts of discourses, policy, service systems and governance on disaster recovery; and
  • be able to apply multidimensional perspectives of human services practice in the context of disaster recovery.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Situating disaster recovery in the human services domain as a multidimensional issue
  • Contemporary environmental issues: global warming, climate change, adverse weather events
  • Types of disaster, the multidimensional impacts of disaster and approaches to disaster recovery
  • Conceptualising communities: context, social structures, patterns of advantage and disadvantage
  • Impacts of dominant and marginalised discourses on disaster recovery; respecting different ways of being, knowing and doing
  • The significance of 'place' to wellbeing
  • Institutional responses, policy, governance and service system issues in disaster recovery
  • Holistic ecosocial approaches and multidimensional practice issues for human services
  • A framework for multidimensional practice in the context of disaster recovery

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL426 in Session 2 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 %
Presentation and report

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.