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The University of the West Indies

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Postgraduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Management and Resilience

 

PROGRAMME SUMMARY:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Management and Resilience is a foundational programme which seeks to meet the education and skill sets needed to support the Caribbean’s ability to effectively manage its physical and human resources in order to mitigate or minimize adverse outcomes of natural hazard impacts, and by extension build the region’s capacity of resilience at such times.  This 12 credit graduate programme therefore targets practitioners who work in the field of disaster management and climate change resilience and who are interested in enhancing their technical skills and competencies. 

 

PROGRAMME ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND TARGET AUDIENCE 

Applicants will need to demonstrate proficiency for graduate work by having completed an undergraduate degree (at least Lower Second Class Honours or its equivalent) from an approved institution, in an academic discipline that is related to the area of study. Related work or community based experience in lieu of certification or lower level degree completion (Pass degree) in a related academic discipline, will be considered.

The Postgraduate Certificate seeks to attract practitioners in national disaster management systems, civil society, community-based organizations and the private sector, who have portfolios or responsibilities related to disaster risk management or any other individuals interested in this field.  It is designed for the community of practitioners at entry level in national disaster management systems, civil society, community-based organizations and the private sectors who have Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Resilience related portfolios.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Table 1: Course of Study - Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Management and Resilience

 

Graduate Certificate Programme (12 credits) 

 

Course Code

Course Title

Course Credits

DRMR 5001

Disaster Risk Reduction – Building SIDS’ Resilience in a Changing Environment

3

DRMR 5002

Emergency Operations Management

3

DRMR 5003

Community-based Disaster Resilience

3

DRMR 5004

Communication Planning and Media Relations for Disaster Risk Reduction

3

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

DRMR 5001  Disaster Risk Reduction – Building SIDS’ Resilience in a Changing Environment

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) comprises a range of activities that seek to minimise vulnerabilities and avoid or limit the impacts of hazards on a society, within the broader context of sustainable development. This course will explore the various principles and applications of DRR, paying special attention to issues such as climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Participants will develop an understanding of the circumstances that make Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and their populations susceptible to hazards and the DRR frameworks and approaches that support resilience building. Learners will be able to frame and apply DRR principles within policies, programmes and strategies that seek to enhance the resilience of society and the natural environment, thereby safeguarding these socio-ecological systems for generations to come.

 

DRMR 5002  Emergency Operations Management

The course is geared towards individuals who work (or want to work) in emergency or disaster management at the community, non-governmental, national or regional level. These persons may help to develop plans and procedures for responding to emergencies or disasters. They may also support or lead response efforts during and after emergencies, often in coordination with government agencies, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders. In the absence of agreed standards, core competencies or a Comprehensive Disaster Management competency framework for Caribbean emergency management practitioners, this course will provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to effectively function at the tactical and operational levels within emergency management organizations and lead all-hazard emergency operations.

 

DRMR 5003  Community-based Disaster Resilience

This course focuses on the process of community-based disaster resilience (CBDR) within the context of community participation and partnership in the conceptualization, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of local-level disaster resilience strategies. As such, the course will introduce learners to the principles, tools and requisite structures for the development of CBDR programmes. It contributes to a CDM programme for increased and enhanced knowledge management products in support of capacity-building of DRM practitioners in Caribbean states that fall within the Enhancing Knowledge and Application of Comprehensive Disaster Management (EKACDM) initiative.

 

DRMR 5004  Communication Planning and Media Relations for Disaster Risk Reduction

This course introduces learners to key concepts in communication and media relations and builds their skills to analyse, plan for and effectively use communication at all phases of the DRR process. Learners will be introduced to the specific steps of communication analysis and planning, and will learn how to apply this process in developing communication programmes, campaigns or other initiatives to prepare for and respond to disasters. The role of the media and the management of media relations in DRR, as well as communication approaches to support behaviour change at both community and institutional/organisational levels, will also be explored.

 

PROGRAMME COST

The cost of the programmes is US$660.00 per course

 

START DATE

 September 2020