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EDMG612 - Risk Communications

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG612 Course ID: 2749 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines necessary communication that must be provided by public officials before and during emergencies and disasters in order to protect the public and achieve understanding and cooperation. Specific theories of emergency and disaster communication are examined. The communication surrounding several recent disaster events is analyzed, and students write a press briefing or press release for one of these cases. Finally, students engage in a forum discussion of a disaster of their choice, appropriately titled: ‘the good, the bad, and the totally clueless.’ Students achieve an enhanced ability to deal with the media and the public before and during crisis situations, which is an extremely valuable skill to have.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • LO-1: Synthesize the theory of risk and crisis communication.

  • LO-2: Assess how emergency risk and crisis communication concepts apply to crisis events.

  • LO-3: Evaluate the psychology of a public health or other emergency and what messages the public will need from the leadership and spokespersons.

  • LO-4: Integrate the components of crisis communication planning and tools, including problem definition, analysis, and implementation of intervention, evaluation, and feedback.

  • LO-5: Distinguish various perceptions of risk and assess effective communications strategies.

  • LO-6: Evaluate the role of the media and public in homeland security.

  • LO-7: Critique how local, state, and federal emergency response and recovery operations (including governmental and nongovernmental organizations) should communicate among themselves, to the public, and to their stakeholders.

Forum Assignments: To achieve full credit for a forum, one must: create an original post; respond to a minimum of two classmates; respond to everyone who responded to you. Posts must be thoughtful and responses helpful in a way that enhances understanding of the topics and issues.

Weekly Papers: Papers will be graded using the APUS graduate rubric, with attention paid to comprehension, depth of knowledge, and clear expression of ideas and arguments. Additionally, adherence to APA conventions will be required.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum Week One 3.75 %
Forum Week Two 3.75 %
Forum Week Three 3.75 %
Forum Week Four 3.75 %
Forum Week Five 3.75 %
Forum Week Six 3.75 %
Forum Week Seven 3.75 %
Forum Week Eight 3.75 %
Weekly Assignments 70.00 %
Assignment 1-2: Theories 17.50 %
Assignment 3-4: Preparing a Crisis Plan 17.50 %
Assignment 5-6: Press Releases 17.50 %
Assignment 7-8: Final Paper 17.50 %
Book Title: Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World, 2nd Ed. - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author: George Haddow & Kim Haddow
Publication Info: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780124078680
Book Title: To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
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Book Title:Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World, 2nd Ed. - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Elsevier
Author:George Haddow & Kim Haddow
Unit Cost:$61.35
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.