LWMCPA-Global Architecture of Crisis, Conflict and Disaster Management

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Katja Samuel

Email: k.l.samuel@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module introduces students to key concepts, legal principles, and institutions that feature throughout the programme. It introduces students to the changing global landscape, including current global initiatives of law and policy relevance, eg the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, UN Climate Change Conference 2015, UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015, and the World Humanitarian Summit 2016. It explores possible definitions and parameters of core concepts and themes underpinning the programme such as ‘crisis’, ‘conflict’, ‘disasters’, ‘sustainability’, ‘humanitarianism’, ‘resilience’, ‘prevention’, ‘disaster risk reduction’, ‘response and recovery’, ‘disaster management’, and the ‘disaster cycle’. It further identifies and examines legal regimes and the primary actors responsible for developing and promoting their legal principles of particular importance to the programme and a global law approach.

Aims:
The primary aim of the module is to equip students with the necessary foundational insights, knowledge, and understanding to be able to successfully complete the LLM programme. In addition to exploring complexities, controversies, and even uncertainties relating to how key concepts, such as ‘disaster’, are defined, the module introduces the notion of global law (national, regional, and international law). It examines which actors (particularly states, intergovernmental organisations, and non-state actors) influence and make law applicable to different forms of crises, conflicts, and disasters; introduces the notion of and explains the differences between formally binding (‘hard’) law and non-formally binding but often influential (‘soft’) law; examines the relationship between different legal regimes which can be mutually reinforcing but also create tensions; and considers the roles of as well as relationship between global law and policy both generally and in the context of particular topics issues such as sustainable development, climate change, different conflict situations, internal displacement and refugees, and global health matters.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
•Identify, understand, and explain key concepts and themes underpinning the programme.
•Identify, understand, and explain foundational legal principles associated with the global legal framework governing different forms of crises, conflicts, and disasters.
•Identify, understand, and explain the key actors associated with developing and promoting global law and policies, including for specific legal regimes.
•Understand the relationship between global law and policy, including the significance of as well as differences between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ law.

Additional outcomes:
Given the fact that the module is orientated towards small group teaching and independent study, it will encourage autonomy with regard to reflective critical analysis and debate of the legal and policy topics examined, as well as high-level oral and written communication skills. The module will also require students to prepare an oral presentation (individually or in groups) relating to issues examined during the module.

These outcomes are in addition to those listed in the School's ‘core skills statement’.

Outline content:
The course examines a number of significant global legal principles and policy initiatives relevant for responding to a spectrum of crises, conflicts, and disasters, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, UN Climate Change Conference 2015, UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015, and the World Humanitarian Summit 2016. It considers a number of core concepts and themes underpinning the programme within the context of prevailing global law and policy initiatives. It further identifies and examines a number of specific legal regimes, including the role and influences of the principal actors (especially states, intergovernmental organisations, and non-governmental organisations) associated with the development and promotion of related law and policy.
Examples of the types of concepts, legal principles and policies that will be examined are:
•Those underpinning the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Climate Change Conference 2015, UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015, and the World Humanitarian Summit 2016.
•Key concepts such as ‘crisis’, ‘conflict’, ‘disasters’, ‘sustainability’, ‘humanitarianism’, ‘resilience’, ‘prevention’, ‘disaster risk reduction’, ‘response and recovery’, ‘disaster management’, and the ‘disaster cycle’.
•Different forms of legal actors, especially governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.
•International institutional law, including the UN Charter, notion of hard and soft law.
•International environment law.
•Regional frameworks governing disasters.
•International humanitarian law.
•International refugee law.
•International human rights law.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching in this module is designed to provide students with a range of resources on which they can draw in their learning. The main elements are:
•A list of required and recommended readings, with notes and questions that will be used to guide class discussion and reflection.
•Ten seminar classes of 2 hours each.
•Students will have the opportunity to prepare a short oral presentation (either individually or in groups) on an issue relevant to particular seminar topics being examined.
•Students will be given an independent research assignment in the form of a written assessment relevant to one or more topics examined during the module.
Where there are specialist programme lectures or events, or other University seminars, relevant to these issues, students in the module will be encouraged to attend and be given the opportunity to discuss the issues with visiting academic presenters.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
•An assessed essay of 15 pages maximum (formatted in accordance with the School of Law’s Assessed Work Rules).

Formative assessment methods:
Students will have the opportunity to submit a draft essay plan of 1-2 pages on which they will receive written feedback.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx.
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme handbook

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 16 January 2017

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