Issues, Crisis and Risk Communication

PUB20004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + Blended and Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


PUB10001 Introduction to Public Relations Theory and Practice
PUB30002 Issues, Crisis and Risk Communication

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the strategic importance to organisations of the public relations related disciplines of issues, crisis and risk communication and to explore how they can be implemented in a range of public relations contexts. 
Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Formulate and articulate the differences between issues, crisis and risk communication
2. Critically analyse the importance of these disciplines to organisations’ strategic goal-setting
3. Analyse key principles from case studies and apply to practice-related concerns
4. Prepare plans for issues, crisis and risk communication appropriate to a variety of public relations scenarios

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