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Course Series in
Survival in Urban Disasters and Emergencies

Note: This program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

This course series provides individuals the opportunity to attain functional proficiency in responding to and aiding workers and citizens in urban settings compromised by a disaster or emergency where support systems are limited or are non-existent. Competencies acquired in-class and through survival simulation activities include, but are not limited to, planning for urban survival, long-term survival strategies, expedient shelters, water, fire, heat, light and food access, safety, security and protection, navigating by day/night, hazards and threats, recovery on-the-ground, and the psychology of survival.

For more information, contact Alex Ferworn, Academic Coordinator, at aferworn@ryerson.ca.

Those who successfully complete this course series are eligible to earn a Professional Development Award from The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Required Courses (select three)

CSCI 230   Science:  Emergency Management Practice
CSCI 232   Science:  Incident and Operations Management
CSCI 234   Science:  Analysis of Critical Incidents
CSCI 243   Science:  Continuity and Risk Management


These courses may be applied to the Disaster and Emergency Management certificate. Once you have successfully completed the courses, email The Chang School at ce@ryerson.ca with your name, student number, and the course series you have completed. Upon verification, you will receive your professional development award.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CSCI 230   Science:  Emergency Management Practice
CSCI 232   Science:  Incident and Operations Management
CSCI 234   Science:  Analysis of Critical Incidents
CSCI 243   Science:  Continuity and Risk Management