The Capstone Course will provide an opportunity for students to reflect on and deepen their understanding of social, psychological, functional, and technical dimensions of emergency and disaster management. Core readings will focus on strategic thinking and leadership as the underlying, necessary framework for organizational success in emergency management organizations, and explore the art and science of disciplined innovation and follow-through to influence change (e.g., value innovation, strategy, managing performance). Specific attention will be paid to examining approaches to leadership and decision-making in crisis, in the context of emergency management, including sense-making, meta-leadership, and data-driven decision making. We will also explore how social determinants affect emergency management outcomes and the role of emergency management in broader issues of resilience and governance.
The distance learning portion of the course will be organized in weekly mini-modules focused on specific topics critical to understanding future directions in the field of emergency management. Each module will be accompanied by specific readings and asynchronous materials. The Capstone Residency will bring the concepts from the core readings together with content from the topical modules and utilize classroom exercises, case studies, and guest speakers to explore their practical application in emergency management.
Note: Students are required to be present in Washington, DC for 9-hr days of onsite practicum work July 30 - Aug. 4, 2018. Minimum grade of "B" is required to continue eligibility toward graduation. Additional 60 minutes per week of asynchronous instruction is required.