Disaster Management Department

Natural hazards and disasters affect the lives of millions of people around the world. During the past few decades, natural disasters have killed several million people and caused significant economic losses. The majority of deaths were in developing countries, and Asia suffers the greatest casualties from natural disasters. In many least developing countries, disaster management—including preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery and reduction is not well-established.

Afghanistan faces multiple hazards such as avalanches, climate warming, droughts, earthquakes, floods, landslides, and sandstorms. For example, active mountain building processes in the Hindu Kush and Pamirs frequently cause earthquakes and widespread landslides. Response and recovery from these natural disasters has been hampered by the fact that large parts of the country’s economy and infrastructure has been destroyed as a result of recent wars and social conflict. Since 2001, the Government of Afghanistan has received humanitarian and development assistance from the international community to help return Afghanistan to stability and to increase resiliency. However, Afghanistan still remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with struggling infrastructure and severe barriers to development, which complicates hazard mitigation and rebuilding efforts.

Formal disaster management has been introduced in Afghanistan relatively recently. In 1971, the Department of Disaster Preparedness (DDP) was founded and evolved into the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA). ANDMA is one or the beneficiaries of the international community and receives support from the United Nations and other donor agencies.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

DMD offers a student-centered and career-oriented degree that balances practice and theory. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

ILO1   Employ proficient theoretical and scientific knowledge in disaster management and environmental science.

ILO2   Use skills of written and verbal communication, research, planning, and management for advocating disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. 

ILO3   Work responsibly as socially active and autonomous learners and leaders in building disaster resilience societies.

ILO4   Demonstrate teamwork and skills in future-thinking1 for addressing local to global issues related to disaster management.

ILO5   Demonstrate proficiency in computer technology skills and GIS within applied disaster management contexts.

Enrollment and Staffing

DMD attracts a diverse student body from different backgrounds and provinces across Afghanistan. During the 2017 academic year, the department had 120 students with female enrollment at 33%. Reducing class size to a maximum of 35 students is recommended for promoting student-centered teaching methods through problem- and project-based learning. DMD has two academic faculty members including the Head of the Department. The faculty members have academic credentials in geology, geo-engineering, environmental engineering, and disasters. Based on student enrollment and the number of core courses specific the department the optimal staffing structure should increase to four-department specific lecturers.

Course Nomenclature

Based on the new regulations of Credit issued by Ministry of Higher Education every subject has a code which exist of Two English characters and three numeric. The two English characters are for Faculty while the three numeric are for Semester and Subject. For example, for Faculty of Environment (En) should be selected. The Code (321) shows that the subject is taught in 3rd Semester and the code (21) is for the specific subject that can’t be repeated in the Faculty. So the DMD courses are identified by the same mechanism.

Table: Disaster Management Department members.

No.

Name/ Surname

Qualification

Academic Rank

Position

1

Shabir Ahmad Kabirzad

Master of

Urban and Environment

Assistant Professor

Head of the Department

2

Abidullah Arabzai

Master

of Engineering  

Assistant Professor

Member

3

Mohammad Sharif Peroz

Bachelor

Environmental Sciences 

Lecture

Member

4

Hayatullah Mushwani

Bachelor

Disaster Management

Lecture

Member

Disaster Management Department Curriculum 

Table 21: First Semester

No.

Course

Code

Credit Number

Credit Hours

Theory

Practice

Credit

Total

Credit

Total

1

Chemistry-I

EN 121

3

2

32

1

16

2

Physics-I

EN 122

3

3

48

 

 

3

Math-I

EN 123

3

3

48

 

 

4

Biology-I

EN 124

3

2

32

1

16

5

Introduction to Disaster Management

EN 125

3

3

48

 

 

6

Information Technology-I

EN 126

1

1

16

 

 

7

English-I

EN 127

1

1

16

 

 

8

Islamic Studies

EN 128

1

1

16

 

 

9

Afghanistan History

EN 129

1

1

16

 

 

10

Total Credits

 

19

19

272

2

32

 

Table 22: Second Semester

No.

Course

Code

Credit Number

Credit Hours

Theory

Practice

Credit

Total

Credit

Total

1

Environmental Geology

EN 221

3

3

48

 

 

2

Math-II

EN 222

3

2

32

1

16

3

Biology-II

EN 223

3

3

48

 

 

4

Introduction to Natural Resources Mang

EN 224

3

2

32

1

16

5

Introduction to Environmental Science

EN 225

3

3

48

 

 

6

Information Technology-II

EN 226

1

1

16

 

 

7

Islamic Studies

EN 227

1

1

16

 

 

8

English-II

EN 228

1

1

16

 

 

10

Total Credits

 

18

16

256

2

32

 

Table 23: Third Semester

No.

Course

Code

Credit Number

Credit Hours

Theory

Practice

Credit

Total

Credit

Total

1

Introduction to Geography

EN 321

3

3

48

 

 

2

Ecological Statistics

EN 322

3

3

48

 

 

3

Environmental Ethics

EN 323

3

3

48

 

 

4

Principle of Management

EN 324

2

2

32

 

 

5

Geological Hazard and Natural Disaster

EN 325

3

2

32

1

16

6

Islamic Studies

EN 326

1

1

16

 

 

7

Weather, Water and Climate Hazards

EN 327

3

2

48

1

16

 

Total Credits

 

18

15

240

2

32

 

Table 24: Forth Semester

No.

Course

Code

Credit Number

Credit Hours

Theory

Practice

Credit

Total

Credit

Total

1

GIS-I

EN 421

3

2

32

1

16

2

Introduction to Scientific Writing

EN 422

3

1

16

2

32

3

Risk and Hazard Communication

EN 423

2

1

16

1

16

4

Geophysics

EN 424

3

3

48

 

 

5

Disaster and Society

EN 425

3

2

32

1

16

6

Disaster Planning and Management

EN 426

3

2

32

1

16

7

Islamic Studies

EN 427

1

1

16

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

18

12

192

6

96

 

Table 25: Fifth Semester

No.

Course

Code

Credit Number

Credit Hours

Theory

Practice

Credit

Total

Credit

Total

1

GIS II: Adv GIS and Spatial Analysis

EN 521

3

1

16

2

32

2

Ecology

EN 522

3

2

32

1

16

3

Emergency and Environmental Health

EN 523

3

3

48

 

 

4

War, Conflict and Internal Displacement

EN 524

3

3

48

 

 

5

Risk and Hazard Assessment

EN 525

3

2

32

1

16

6

Industrial and Technological Hazards

EN 526

3

2

32

1

16

7

Islamic Studies

EN 527

1

1

16

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

19

14

240

5

80

 

Table 26: Sixth Semester

No.

Course

Code

Credit Number

Credit Hours

Theory

Practice

Credit

Total

Credit

Total

1

Remote Sensing

EN 621

3

1

16

2

32

2

Climate Change Science and Society

EN 622

3

3

48

 

 

3

Environmental Monitoring for Disaster Mitigation

EN 623

3

2

32

1

16

4

Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction

EN 624

3

2

32

1

16

5

Disaster Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience

EN 625

3

3

48

 

 

6

Engineering Geology

EN 626

3

3

48

 

 

7

Islamic Studies

EN 627

1

1

16

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

19

15

240

4

64

 

Table 27: Seventh Semester

No.

Course

Code

Credit Number

Credit Hours

Theory

Practice

Credit

Total

Credit

Total

1

Hazard Mapping and Zoning in Afghanistan

EN 721

3

1

16

2

32

2

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

EN 722

3

2

32

1

16

3

Lecture Series: Disaster Management

EN 723

2

2

32

1

16

4

Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Mountain Development

EN 724

3

2

32

1

16

5

Hazards and Disasters in Afghanistan

EN725

3

3

32

1

16

6

Research Methodology

EN 726

3

1

16

2

32

7

Islamic Studies

EN 727

1

1

16

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

18

12

176

8

128

 

Table 28: Eighth  Semester

No.

Course

Code

Credit Number

Credit Hours

Theory

Practice

Credit

Total

Credit

Total

1

Disaster Management Policies, Laws and Strategies

EN 821

3

2

32

 

1

16

2

Monograph

EN 822

6

 

 

6

96

3

Option 1: Internship
Option 2: Environmental Citizenship through Applied Community Service Learning

EN 823

4

 

 

4

64

4

International Disaster Management

EN 824

3

3

48

 

 

5

Resilient Cities

EN 825

3

3

48

 

 

6

Isamic studies

EN 826

1

1

16

 

 

10

 

 

20

9

144

11

176

 

Credits Breakdown

Required Credits

            13

(144-168 max credits)

Basic Credits

56

(21 -17 credits per semester)

Core Credits

80

 

Total Program Credits

149

 

گالری رسانه

Pictures album of the courtyard of Kabul University after a gentle and beautiful rain

Academic and research conference entitled "Study and Management of Afghanistan Water" to welcome the opening of Kamal Khan Dam

The National Seedlings Campaign at Kabul University Campus

Inauguration of the new building of Faculty of Public Policy and Mathematics of Kabul University

The Sympathy Video of the Silk Road Universities Students with their Friends at Kabul University