Course Schedule for Spring 2017


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MPDM-500-01

Ethics & Critical Dec Making

The Ethics course is a core course in all Georgetown SCS MPS programs. Students are introduced to ethical methodologies, principles, values, and frameworks as related to the processes of risk assessment, vulnerability assessment, and consequence prediction and management. Students study discipline- and field-specific codes of ethics within the profession. The course explores the ethical responsibilities all disaster management professionals have to themselves, organizations, the government, and the public. Students will apply an ethical decision-making framework and gain experience in decision-making surrounding ethical issues in disaster management with an all-hazards perspective including aspects of public health engagement. Discussions include ethical situations based on past and current real-world scenarios, including the uncertainty, probability, and consequences of risk assessment and communication, with topic discussions focusing on the ethical issues facing emergency managers. During their final project, students codify an individual code of ethics in relation to professional codes.

Note: Core requirement for the MPS-EDM degree. Minimum grade required is "B" to continue eligibility toward graduation.

  • Course #: MPDM-500-01
  • CRN: 31964
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Mertens, P.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

MPDM-640-01

Natural Hazards & Disasters

This course explores natural hazards and the multidimensional aspects surrounding these events that result in disaster. Students will gain an understanding of the underlying physical processes behind hazards, the socioeconomic characteristics that manufacture risk and result in disproportionate impacts on communities, and potential mitigation, response, and recovery strategies. Coincident with case studies and readings on the underlying processes of hazards, the course will explore the topic of societal vulnerability and resilience. Students will learn through case studies, policy readings, and academic literature. Students will apply their knowledge by evaluating best practices and applying the theoretical frameworks covered throughout the course.


MPDM-610-01

Project Mgmt & Budgeting

Disaster management professionals must learn how to develop all-hazards preparedness plans addressing multiple types of emergencies and disasters (including natural disasters, terrorist attacks, public health emergencies, and technological disasters). This course equips students with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully execute project management techniques and thereby perform efficient planning and response activities. Students will practice competent risk assessment and risk communication processes with ethical project management strategies. This course also teaches students how emergency management programs fit into the strategic/fiscal plans and priorities of governments and organizations. Furthermore, students learn how to develop and manage a budget and how to create a realistic fiscal plan for high consequence/low probability events. By the end of the course, students will be able to advocate for the importance of prevention, mitigation, and financial preparedness in emergency and disaster management.

  • Course #: MPDM-610-01
  • CRN: 31968
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Kang, D.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

MPDM-620-01

Risk Perception Awareness

In this course, students develop the skills to successfully communicate with various stakeholders concerning disaster preparedness and management. Particular emphasis is given to the awareness of risk perception, and its subsequent effects on risk tolerance and hazard mitigation.

  • Course #: MPDM-620-01
  • CRN: 31970
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Vick, H.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

MPDM-670-01

Socio-Cultural Dimensions

This course focuses on the many ways in which socio-cultural features of a community may impact different aspects of disaster planning, response, and recovery. Students learn to integrate these considerations into the planning process and how to incorporate considerations for vulnerable populations. This course also teaches students to recognize and plan for socio-cultural and/or geo-political sensitivities while minimizing unintended social or health consequences.

Note: This course requires 150 minutes of distance learning or one additional class meeting outside of the standard meeting dates.

  • Course #: MPDM-670-01
  • CRN: 31974
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Lewis, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download