Module 1: Introduction to Development
To understand the entire cycle of disaster management, from disaster risk assessment and disaster risk reduction to disaster response and post-disaster recovery it is essential to understand the broader developmental context in which disasters and disaster management are situated. It requires a wider perspective and a working knowledge of underlying key theoretical and empirical issues relating to growth, development, poverty, inequality and human development. Significantly the conceptualisation of development is itself changing with an increasing emphasis on sustainable development and human well-being, going beyond a simplistic growth and infrastructure based perspective. The key objective of the course is to equip students to examine basic concepts related to development, including human development and sustainability, in order to understand disasters and meaningful sustainable responses to them.