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GS/DEMS 5000 3.00 Directed Reading
May be taken with permission of the Graduate Program Director if the student can find a faculty member, who is willing to supervise the topic. It is recommended for students who are short one course for graduation.

GS/DEMS 5010 3.00 Advanced Disaster and Emergency Management
This course explores the applications of advanced theory, methods and technologies in disaster and emergency management. Disaster and emergency management decision and planning methods and models, decision support systems, information systems and disaster databases, geographic information systems, remote sensing, various disasters and emergency management software and their applications are discussed.

GS/DEMS 5020 3.00 Disasters: Concepts and Causes
This course will focus on the risk to society from hazards and disasters, and how society adapts to those risks. Course content will not tend to focus on the hazards themselves, but rather on disaster theory and the processes within society and the environment that creates vulnerability. An interdisciplinary and mainly social science approach with a global perspective will be taken, but with some emphasis on Canadian content. General topics will include (1) disaster data and theory, (2) patterns of risk, (3) processes that create vulnerability & resilience, (4) human response and coping mechanisms, (5) impacts of disasters, and (6) case studies of disasters

GS/DEMS 5030 3.00 Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Disasters
This course examines social and behavioural dimensions of human interactions before, during and after emergencies and disasters, including behavioural myths and realities; linkages between individuals, families, groups, organizations, community social systems, and various levels of government; social vulnerability and the disproportionate impact of disasters upon various societal groups.

GS/DEMS 5040 3.00 Natural Disasters
This course focuses on natural processes including geological, hydrological, meteorological, and biophysical and how they impact people, property, and the environment around the world. Students will learn the causes and physical dynamics of various natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, extreme weather, climate change, and pandemics to name a few. Course credit exclusion: LE/ESSE 1410 6.00: Natural, Technological and Human-induced Disasters.

GS/DEMS 5051 3.00 Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods
This course provides students with an introduction to philosophical bases of research design as well as a practical introduction to qualitative methods. Students will gain an understanding of the paradigmatic foundations of research, how to design and evaluate qualitative research and experiment with a range of qualitative methods (i.e., interview, focus groups, observation, archival analysis).

GS/DEMS 5052 3.00 Research Design and Quantitative Methods
Students are provided with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of various quantitative research methods and their applications in disaster and emergency management. Using statistical methods, students will learn to analyze data and formulate hypotheses and conceptual relationships.

GS/DEMS 5053 3.00 Topics in Business Continuity
This course reviews and discusses the knowledge, methods, skills and procedures needed to understand the impacts of disasters on businesses and how to develop risk management and business continuity programs and plans. The course will provide students with the key concepts, theories, methods, and implementation techniques of business risk management and business continuity planning. The course is based on the past and recent scholarly research, business crisis cases, existing standards such as ISO 31000 and ISO 22399, CSA Z1600 and BSI 25999.

GS/DEMS 5060 3.00 Terrorism Studies I
The purpose of this course is to give the student, a background to, and, overview of: terrorism in the 21st Century. It will serve to give students, in the program, an understanding of this element of the threat spectrum. It will further sensitize them to the potential dangers and probabilities that grow out of this area of critical concern.

GS/DEMS 5080 6.00 Emergency Management Practicum
Placements in the field provide students with the opportunity to apply theories of disaster and emergency management in a variety of organizations within the private, public and NGO sectors.

GS/DEMS 5081 3.00 Topics in Applied Disaster Management
The course explores selected topics in applied disaster and emergency management, as they relate to the theoretical aspects of this subject area.

GS/DEMS 5082 3.00 Medical and Public Health Issues for Non-Medical Personnel
This course addresses the common and important health issues that arise during both sudden and chronic emergencies, for victims and responders.

GS/DEMS 5710 3.00 Critical Infrastructure Protection
Students will only be able to take this course with the permission of the course director, if the student has taken Disaster & Emergency Management 4707 3.0: "Managing Risks to Critical Infrastructure".

GS/DEMS 6070 3.00 Disasters and Ethics
This course examines ethical theory as it applies to issues and uncertainties associated with disasters and emergencies. Students will develop an understanding of the ethical decision-making process and moral reasoning. They will explore the moral imperatives associated with emergency management in a variety of contexts, both locally and globally. The emphasis is on applied ethics and the development of moral competence in response to issues, and implications for socially responsive environmental and disaster management.

GS/DEMS 6071 Management Skills for Emergency Managers
The purpose of this course is to provide students in the Graduate Program in Disaster and Emergency Management basic ‘familiarity of’ and ‘skills for’ practitioners in this field. It is focused on practical expectations and requirements in this field. It is further focused on the ‘how to’ of Disaster Management. It is intended to complement the theoretical knowledge acquired in other courses in the program with a view to contributing the education of the ‘complete’ practitioner.

GS/DEMS 6072 Crisis Communications for Emergency Managers
The purpose of this course is to provide students in the Graduate Program in Disaster and Emergency Management basic understanding of and skills related to Crisis Communication. This follows from the fact that Crisis Communication is a key to the effective management of Disasters and Emergencies. As a practically focused course it is intended to complement the skill set of students in the program, particularly, those who expect to work in the field.

GS/DEMS 6073 Public Capacities for Disaster Management (Public Policy, Governance & International Response)
This course discusses public institutional capacities for disaster and emergency management, with a focus on public policy and governance. It critically examines the management of crises from the perspective of international and regional collaboration, and crosscutting themes such as the politics-administration dichotomy, media and public relations, involvement of non-state actors, civil-military collaboration, and partnerships with the private sector.