Courses

DEGREE PROGRAM COURSES

Community Recovery: Rebuilding Disaster Damaged Communities in Chile (SUP-607M): This course, offered by PCL Faculty Affiliate Douglas Ahlers, presents disaster recovery theory and practices via a January practicum in Chile. Students will work with the government of Chile and with local communities (the “clients”) to help them recover from their 2010 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami which damaged 370,000 homes. Offered January, 2014.

Disaster Recovery Management: Rebuilding Cities after a Disaster (SUP-606): Also taught by PCL Faculty Affiliate Douglas Ahlers, this course presents disaster recovery theory and practices, with HKS case studies serving as the backbone of the course. Among others, cases from Aceh (tsunami), Chile (earthquake and tsunami), New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina), the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Haiti (earthquake), and Christchurch, New Zealand (earthquake) are incorporated to broaden the discussion of how disaster recovery varies by place, political system, economic system, type of disaster, and extent of damage. Offered Spring, 2014.

The U.S. Homeland Security Enterprise (IGA-615): To provide students the tools necessary to conceptualize the challenges facing homeland security in an interconnected world, this course, offered by PCL Faculty Affiliate Juliette Kayyem, will examine what is commonly referred to as the “homeland security enterprise,” defined as the broad scope of contributions from all federal agencies, levels of governments, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations, individuals, families, and communities, as well as international partnerships. Not offered in AY2013/2014.

The Management of Crisis Response (MLD-381): To understand crisis response takes more than skills in communication or incident command; it takes an understanding of the complex political, regulatory, and legal regimes that govern the incident and the skills to manage these different and sometimes conflicting concerns. Drawing mostly on case studies and lessons learned, from the B.P. Oil Spill to Hurricane Katrina and everything in between, the course will provide students a deeper understanding not merely of the mechanics of crises response but how the law, politics, and policy empower and hinder our capability to respond. Taught by PCL Faculty Affiliate Juliette Kayyem. Not offered in AY2013/2014.

Enterprise Risk Management: Strategy and Leadership in the Face of Large-Scale Uncertainties (HBS 1518): This Harvard Business School capstone course, taught by PCL Faculty Co-Diretor Dutch Leonard, is designed for anyone who, over the course of his or her career, will lead an organization that faces large-scale risks - like earthquakes, storms, terror incidents, and product liability or other brand reputation crises - as a supplier, as a responder, or as a potential or actual victim (and, hopefully, as a survivor). The course will cover principles and concepts of emergency management, and will examine best organizational processes and practices, including the Incident Management System (a broadly-applicable and widely-embraced structure for organizing teams to manage crisis situations). The course will go beyond looking "into the moment" of crisis, taking a much broader strategy perspective on enterprise risk management to include prevention and preparation before an event takes place and recovery after an event in addition to actions taken during an event. Offered Spring, 2014.

HARVARD EXTENSION SCHOOL COURSES

Crisis Management and Emergency Preparedness (MGMT E-5090): Offered by PCL Faculty Co-Director Arnold Howitt, this course emphasizes a managerial perspective on crisis management and emergency preparedness, examining the stresses that crisis places on individual and group decision- making; crisis communications; strategies to address “routine” and “crisis” emergencies; and methods for implementing responsive actions. Offered Fall, 2013.

Disaster Relief and Recovery (MGMT E-5095): Taught by PCL Faculty Co-Director Arnold Howitt, this course focuses on the management of humanitarian relief—shelter, food, medical care, and the restoration of critical public services and basic economic activity—once disaster rescues have been accomplished. It also looks at the dynamics of community recovery in the aftermath of major disasters, using examples from the United States and several other countries. Offered Spring, 2014.





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Course Highlight: Disaster Recovery Management

Douglas Ahlers, PCL faculty affiliate and adjunct lecturer in public policy, offers an HKS graduate-level course on disaster recovery in urban environments. Photo: Patrick Semansky.