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Yonsei University

Disaster Risk Management and Korean Policies

Yonsei University via Coursera


In the past, developing countries such as Korea lacked guidelines for exploring effective policies for disaster-resilient growth, resulting in unnecessary sacrifices in terms of time, resources, and human capital. Through the lessons learned by Korea, currently developing countries facing socio-economic development can build disaster resilience without sacrifices.
Utilizing Korea's sound practices and institutional reforms, this course provides a valuable roadmap to prevent and mitigate the catastrophic effects of disasters. This course also provides insightful inspiration about what are the characteristics and the historical path of major disasters; how major disasters arise and affect policy changes; how science and technology can be used to explore and find solutions to complex tasks; and especially, what nations and institutes need to do reduce disaster risk and mitigate death and economic turmoil in the wake of disasters.
Throught this, students will be able to explain not only what is disaster risk management but also what must be done for a disaster resilent future.


  • Conceptual framework for disaster risk management
    • This module introduces concept of disaster.
  • Disasters in Korea
    • This module shows major disasters and theories.
  • Sound DRM policies of Korea
    • This module explains the major DRM policies of the Korean government in accordance with the disaster management phase.
  • Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Management
    • This module explains how geospatial information technology can be utilized for disaster damage estimation.
  • Recommendations for a Disaster Resilient Nation
    • This module explains the theories and examples from various aspects that can be applied to build a disaster resilient nation.

Taught by

Sohn, Hong-Gyoo


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