Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards

Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards takes a multidisciplinary approach to looking at natural hazards and how society can build resilience in the face of natural hazards. The course will build from a broad knowledge of natural hazard situations towards questions of policy development in the field of hazard mitigation. The course will cover the following topic areas: Environmental factors that combine to produce natural hazards

  • The ecological, social and economic consequences of natural hazards and disasters
  • Methods relevant to studying aspects of natural hazards and disasters
  • Mitigation strategies
  • Challenges and opportunities for policy development in the natural hazards field
  • Future trends in planning for and managing natural hazards.

Who should take this course

The course also provides various opportunities to expand expertise in the context of natural hazards via a choice of elective units. These opportunities include units that provide skills in population, physical and/or economic geography, land use planning, risk management, and Geographic Information Systems applications.

Course content

Students are required to complete eight units including:

  • GEPL407 Climate Change and Future Planning
  • GEPL409 Natural Hazards
  • GEPL415 Uncertainty, Science and Policy-Making
  • GEPL490 Planning Policy for Hazards

And four of the following:

  • ECON429 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • EM512 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EM533 Spatial Analysis and Modelling
  • EM534 Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking
  • GEOL313 Environmental Geology
  • GEPL306 Water in the Environment
  • GEPL308/508 Environmental Change in Australia
  • GEPL311/511 Catchment to Coast
  • GEPL322 Cradle to Grave: Population Geography
  • GEPL324 Rural Planning and Resource Management
  • GEPL401 Economic Change and Urban Development
  • GEPL521 Population, Health and Environment
  • GEPL535 Environmental Planning and Administration
  • GEPL570 Place-making for People and the Environment
  • LLM529 Sustainability Strategies
  • NR411 Natural Resource Policy and the Community
  • PAIS565 Politics and the Environment: Intersecting Crises
  • PEAC504 Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures
  • PEAC573 Globalisation as if People and Ecosystems Matter
  • RSNR402 Integrated Water Resource Management
  • SOCY313 Australian Social and Public Policy
  • SOCY519 Global Societal Challenges

About Course Provider

Our aim is to offer you the most flexible study options without losing any of the rigour required in a quality tertiary education. You can study on campus for a traditional face-to-face education experience, or from wherever you are; our new generation of online study is making tertiary education more accessible than ever. Originally named New England University College, UNE was established as a college of the University of Sydney in 1938. It was the second university established in New South Wales and Australia’s first regional university. In 1954 the University became fully independent as the University of New England and pioneered teaching by correspondence to external students.

UNE offers a distinctive on-campus experience which is strengthened by one of Australia’s oldest residential systems. Living in any of the eight colleges offers students the best in modern on-campus living with superb academic support, pastoral care and the opportunity to partake in a wide range of social and sporting activities. UNE is internationally recognised for its innovative approach to online teaching and research excellence with 87% of its research fields rated world standard or above.

Research endeavours are supported through a number of flagship research centres:

  • The Animal and Genetics Breeding Unit (AGBU)
  • The Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw)
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Institute for Rural Futures (IRF)
  • The Paleoscience Research Centre and
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR).

As the biggest regional employer and an externally engaged organisation, the University actively pursues effective partnerships and plays a significant role in Armidale and wider rural and regional communities.

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