Disaster Management LeadershipSemester Course

DIS Copenhagen - Disaster Management Leadership
Major Discipline(s)
Leadership Studies, Management, Organizational Behavior
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

Are you prepared to lead? How do you respond as a leader during extraordinary crises? How do you make decisions with limited information and wide ranging consequences? This course is focused on teaching you some of the skills it takes to respond to unusual emergencies and disasters. Together we explore cases and locations that have called for extraordinary leadership and management during unusual times. We learn about cultural and national differences and take inspiration for our own practice of leadership. The course is hands-on and interactive therefore, you are expected to contribute to a highly engaged learning experience and embody mature and responsible behavior.

Included Exploration Trip

The Exploration Trip is an opportunity to dive into the course content in another context. You will undertake an independent or small group assignment, exploring the course material on location. These trips are more loosely structured than Study Tours, with more room built in to self-direct your learning experience and class work while on site.

The destination of this Exploration Trip is Berlin. The city has undergone an extreme transformation during the past century from WWII and the Cold War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, a complex unification process, and terrorist attacks. We reflect on leadership and explore Berlin with its historical traces and references to past and present leaders as well as historical events. During our trip you take on an active leadership role and work with your own leadership skills. Be aware that you might find yourself in situations that are out of your comfort zone as part of your learning experience.

This trip will come at no extra cost to you, but is a mandatory part of the curriculum of this course. Travel will take place over three days during the period of your semester known as the ‘Study Break.’

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Business, Social Entrepreneurship


Dorte Mari Aggergaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. (Modern Culture & Communication, University of Copenhagen). B.A. (Art History and Pedagogy/Educational Studies, University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University). Visiting scholar at the University of Leeds and Brown University. Member of the Denmark Committee at Brown, and DIS representative at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Brown. Worked for EC Safer Internet Programme, recipient of an EU Lifelong Learning Programme grant for a project on cross-cultural learning. With DIS since 2014.