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PUBR13-313: Crisis Communication


Crisis and risk communication are major disciplines of public relations practice and essential skills in business management. Identification and management of emerging issues that could threaten an organisation and strategic preparation for crises are recognised as key to preventing corporate disasters and effectively dealing with them when they arise. Students who successfully complete this subject, which draws on theory, leading-edge practice and worldwide case studies, will be able to identify and manage emerging issues, implement effective risk communication strategies and prepare crisis response plans for an organisation.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Identify, understand and evaluate concepts of issues, risk and crisis communication.
2. Understand the role of crisis communication within the context of crisis management in industry, government and not for profit institutions.
3. Apply theoretical knowledge within a practical context.
4. Analyse, develop and implement communication strategies, including media and social media, to address organisational issues and crises.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2018
Semester start14/05/2018
Subject start14/05/2018
Cancellation 1?28/05/2018
Cancellation 2?04/06/2018
Last enrolment27/05/2018
Last withdrawal?08/06/2018
Teaching census?08/06/2018