Disaster Risk and Emergency Management:  National Expedition

DR&EM National Expedition map 2017.jpg Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Safety, Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, and Health Sciences majors

25 June – 7 July, 2018  (15 Massey credits)

You’ll explore New Zealand’s varied hazardscape, debate the pros and cons of the world’s responses to significant hazards and emergencies, and work with local experts and community groups to understand the context, consequences, and management of risks. You will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between risks, risk reduction/mitigation, resilience, readiness, response, and recovery.

Academic staff from Massey, subject matter experts within organisations delivering comprehensive emergency management functions, and community members who are living risk management will provide you with in-depth knowledge and real-world experiences from the moment you arrive.

The study tour starts in on the South Island by examining the disaster risk, resilience, and recovery of the Canterbury region through case studies in the garden city of Christchurch and seaside town of Akaroa on the edge of the Banks Peninsula.  The rugged beauty of the South Island will be on display as you travel through the Mackenzie Region to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, part of UNESCO's Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage region.  The park is home to Aoraki / Mount Cook, Australasia’s highest mountain (3,724m) and the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve.

After a brief return to Christchurch, you will fly across the Cook Straight to begin your exploration of the North Island.  These case studies will involve stops in the thriving cosmopolitan city of Auckland to learn about its complex risk, economic, and social environment, coastal Paihia, and the scenic Bay of Islands and Northland to see the relatively unique approach being taken there to community-based emergency management.  

Your trek continues on to the Bay of Plenty and port city of Tauranga, to Taupo, which lies on the edge of caldera created by a supervolcanic eruption, and into the varied riskscape of the Tongariro geothermal zone.  The study tour finishes in Wellington, which is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene.  The city will serve as your home over the next four weeks of your internship.

DR&EM National Expedition itinerary 2017.pdf (403 KB)

We will post the 2018 itinerary once it has been finalised.  The final itinerary is subject to change.

Academic Assessment

DR&EM group.jpg Assessment of the 150 learning hours will be based on your contribution to discussion forums and presentation (10%), Essay 1 (25%), Essay 2 (25%), and an exam (40%).

DR&EM National Expedition Academic Guide.pdf (1,219 KB)

Students who successfully complete National Expedition will be able to:

  1. Describe the history and evolution of emergency management internationally and in New Zealand.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the threats caused by natural and man-made hazards and how they impact on people’s lives and environment.
  3. Explain and compare international emergency management frameworks.
  4. Examine key management concepts related to the emergency management cycle.
  5. Interpret the relationship between risk and emergency management.

We will post the 2018 Academic Guide once it has been revised.

Massey University is Leading in emergency management and preparedness

Since 2006, Massey’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research has worked to understand the impacts of disasters on communities, improve risk management, and enhance community preparedness, response and recovery from various hazard events.

Massey University offered the first undergraduate qualification in Emergency Management in New Zealand.  Over 20,000 students have participated in our Emergency Management MOOC.

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