Crisis Management

The specialization of the BA in Security and Strategic Studies, in Crisis Management Communication,  assures learning of and about crisis situations, management of crises and communication effectiveness skills, in a constantly challenging environment. The Program’s specialization is tailored to meet the needs of the GCC and Middle East, in line with the UAE vision on security resilience, taking into account multidisciplinary approaches to crisis management communication actions and actors. The specialization creates strategists and security experts that can have an important role on pre-during and after conditions in a crisis situation.



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The American University in the Emirates is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education |


  • Tuition (One Semester)

    Approx. 23,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One Time)

    3,150 AED

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A: English Language

The student selects 9 credit hours (3 courses) from the list below

This course is designed to help students learn about the academic skills required for academic context. The purpose of this course is to facilitate the process of transition into new academic and cultural environment for the new students enrolled in the AUE. Furthermore, it aims to promote their confidence so that they could succeed and meet the academic requirements.

This course provides students with advanced writing skills in English so that they can successfully pursue their studies in various academic specializations. It helps students to develop, improve, and upgrade their writing and structure skills, and it also acquaints students with technical writing, research papers, and essays since brief research methods are applied in student projects and assignments.

The intent of this course is three-fold. First it introduces students with the basic research terminologies. Second, it familiarizes them with the process of research from choosing a topic to writing the report. Third, it equips the students with the skills to utilize and conduct scientific research. During the course of the study students will be immersed in hands on experience where they will be introduced to research concepts that will help them understand, interpret, and critique scientific research and ultimately provide foundational skills to be able to conduct original research. Contents to be covered include the language of research, types of research, elements of scientific research proposal, writing academic research using APA style, research ethics, crafting data collection instruments, and making meaning of data.

B: Arabic Language

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

صُمم هذا المساق لتمكين الطالب من تحليل نصوص متعددة في حقول معرفية متنوعة؛ ليصبح قادراً على التمييز بين النصوص على اختلاف مضامينها ومحتوياتها، كما يمكنه بعد ذلك من محاكاة تلك النصوص بطريقة صحيحة، وتحويل المعلومة إلى مهارة وسلوك. وبما أنّ الكتابة عملية بناء متكاملة، وأنّ البناء يتأثر بأجزائه؛ لذا يحتاج إلى نماذج، وقوانين سلامة لغوية، وتخطيط وتماسك وأهداف منها: الإخبار والاستعلام، والطلب، والتأثير بالمتلقي.

صُمم هذا المساق لتمكين الطالب الناطق باللغة العربية من المهارات اللغوية الضرورية، وخاصة التركيز على خطوات كتابة التقارير والرسائل الإدارية والبحوث المنهجية؛ ولتحقيق ذلك جاءت المهارات متنوعة ومتدرجة، لتنمية قدرات الطالب على الفهم الصحيح والأداء المتميز لما يقرأ ويسمع، وليكتسب القدرة على كتابة المقالات والتقارير ومحاضر الاجتماعات وتوصيات المؤتمرات والندوات بصورة سليمة، لذا عُني المساق بتدريب الطالب على المهارات الأساسية للكتابة؛ كقواعد الإملاء المتعددة وعلامات الترقيم ونظام الفقرة وكتابة المقال على نحو متدرج.

C: The Natural sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The natural science course incorporates a wide range of subjects of sciences such as astronomy, geology, biology, chemistry, and environmental science. The course will present the scientific facts of astronomy, the Earth and its weather, water, and environment, biology, and nutrition with the chemicals of life. The course emphasizes understanding the core principles of different branches of science and their effects on our lives. Moreover, the course explores the scope of natural phenomena, changing environment conditions, general health rules of nutrition, and the variety of living organisms. The course helps the students to acquire skills in observation, critical thinking, analyzing, interpreting, understanding and discussing scientific terminology and facts.

This course gives a thorough introduction to sustainable energy, conservation, and energy efficiency within the UAE and the world. It will explore the relationship between energy, environment, economy and ecological well-being. It will discuss energy production from the biology, natural science, environmental science and social sciences perspectives. A variety of topics will be introduced including global warming, climate change, sustainable food production, solid waste management, environmental and natural resources laws. The course includes the growing challenges of climate change and energy crisis and proposes solutions to overcome them.

The ‘Principles of Environmental Science’ course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of Environmental Science to undergraduate students. It includes topics from different areas of study such as ecology, biology, soil science and atmospheric science. The course aims at raising environmental awareness among students and providing them with the scientific knowledge and skills to identify, prevent and solve environmental problems. Additionally, it deals with ecological concepts, organism interactions, communities and ecosystems. The course focuses on key areas of population dynamics, biodiversity, human activities and the environment managed ecosystems, air quality, water and solid waste management.

This course will provide the students with a comprehensive overview of geography. Emphasis is on concepts that are necessary to understand global, regional and local issues. This course also includes topics on both human and physical geography.

D: The social or behavioral sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 courses) from the list below

An introduction to the science of psychology, its theories and foundations. The course is focused on principles and research methodologies, including the following topics: history of psychology, the biology of mind, memory, learning, child and personality development, psychological disorders and therapy. The aim of the course is to introduce the basis of psychology, provide the foundational knowledge to pursue the subject in more depth in the future, and build an ongoing interest in the application of psychology in everyday life.

This course serves as an introduction into the interdisciplinary and multifaceted social sciences. The content on the course covers the range of different disciplines that social sciences consists of, namely: anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics and to a lesser extent also history and geography. The secondary aim of the course is moreover for students to develop their critical thinking skills by engaging actively with material about social issues, social change and social institutions.

This course will examine how women participate and effect political change in a global context. Through a focus on the status of women in society, this course will introduce students to contemporary issues surrounding women’s political participation, representation, and citizenship. Students will develop the ability to think critically about the relationship between sex and gender and the intersections of race, class, religion, law and nation. This course will explore women’s diverse histories, movements, and feminist activism. Students will evaluate whether women’s efforts to achieve equal political rights have worked and what obstacles women still face in accessing political institutions. In addition, students will reflect on a wide-range of policy issues related to violence against women, employment, family values, and reproductive health. This course will also ask what possibilities are available for individuals to take action to improve society and enable women’s full participation as citizens, activists, voters, and politicians.

E: Information technology or Math

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 courses) from the list below

The General Statistics course is designed to develop good understanding of the basic concepts of statistical theorems, and applications. The course covers topics such as data collection methods, organization of data, analysis and interpretation of results. A software package will be used to analyze the statistical data.

F: The humanities or arts

The student selects 6 credit hours (2 courses) from the list below

Innovation is the engine of opportunity and, acting as a catalyst, this course is intended to ignite an interest in innovation and inspire entrepreneurial action. At the core of innovation and entrepreneurship is a commitment to experiential learning that will encourage students to engage in critical thinking, creative problem-solving while also equipping them with the soft skills needed in their pursuit of academic and professional endeavors. Students will discuss the relevance and role of innovation and entrepreneurship in work and life situations; determine opportunities for creative disruption and design a strategy for its implementation; develop a practical understanding of innovation through thoughtful debate and exercises; and demonstrate critical thinking and individual insight with a personal mastery portfolio.

This course introduces the science of Sociology. Students will examine Society, Institutions and the relationships that make up a social context. The scientific methodology used to study social interactions, stratification and other elements of sociological enquiry will be discussed to emphasize the core concept of sociology as a systematic study of societies and social structures.

This course provides an overview of World / General History. The course will conclude with discussions about perspectives on World History.

This course provides an overview of Middle-Eastern History, including the sources of Middle Eastern History. The course will conclude with discussions about perspectives on Middle-Eastern History.

G: Islamic Studies, History or Culture

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

This course will offer students’ knowledge to enable them to understand the Islamic culture. The course offers a review of the history of Islam and how it is currently the fastest growing religion in the world.

The course is designed to give an in-depth understanding of the Islamic civilization. It deals with the universal principles that went into the making of the Islamic civilization. It examines the basic ideas of Islamic civilization besides exploring their contemporary relevance and challenges. The course seeks to effectively address the notion of the ‘clash of civilizations.

H: UAE Studies

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The course is designed to introduce the UAE and GCC society with its historical background and uniqueness. It is aimed at enabling students to understand the specific features of the society along with its customs, traditions and lifestyle. The course will introduce the processes and the challenges of development as well as the future aspirations of the UAE and GCC Society.



This course is designed as a broad survey of the contemporary Security and Strategic Studies and has two interrelated objectives: The first is to familiarize students with the theoretical foundations of the Security and Strategic Studies. The second objective is to encourage students to link the theoretical debates in the discipline to empirical observations in Global Politics.

Research is one of the most crucial objectives within a BA Program. Getting to accustomed and developing on conducting a research, firstly in social sciences, specifically in Strategic topics in the world, is the main objective of this program and course. Conducting the research and especially orchestrating a social survey, problem of objectivity in strategic research, cultivating a specific formula on research problems and most importantly propound a right hypothesis on a deep subject are the assets of this course. To ensure and develop above mentioned processes and steps, scanning current articles, books and different studies in a specific area and pursuing selective reading techniques are cardinal elements to be studied. Preparing extended outline in accordance with hypothesis assembled in Security Studies, extending and transformation techniques, data collection, and research writings are the steps which will be learnt in this course. Some research topics are included into study such as security history, strategic geography, modern phenomena of peacemaking and peacekeeping, disarmament, counterinsurgency, important military strategists, types of strategies, effect of military and industrial complexes on the conflicts.

This course studies main and basic principles of international relations. International actors, main international organizations, international affairs, rules and relations with international law are the main topics of this course. Cooperation, confrontation, conflict and compromising as “Four Cs” of the main actions among the international actors are studies as the practical implementations in this course. One focus of the course will be international security, examining both power politics and alternatives to power. International conflict will be examined and the work of international organizations analyzed. Possible conflict resolution techniques also will be examined

The course will help the students develop and understanding about various schools of thoughts of strategic studies. Furthermore, it will bridge the gap between theory and practice of strategic studies though the study of different works by classical and contemporary experts of this field. The course will help the students understand various themes of strategic studies to develop Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 59 strategic thinking. The course will create a balance between mindboggling theories and their applications.

This course is an introduction to international law, generally understood as the set of rules binding the international conduct of Nation-states actors and non-state actors. Until the 20th century, International law was largely the law of nations, but today it also encompasses the rights and duties of transnational organizations and individuals.

The link between International security and environmental politics is centuries old. Increased pace and frequency of conquests and annexations, supported by mechanized and well developed equipment (an outcome of industrial revolution), were responsible for making the relation more explicit. This basic fact apart, throughout human history, we see a trend of ignorance towards environmental issues as greater importance always remained associated with apparatus and procedures which were considered a pre requisite for ensuring security. These problems finally caught human attention and focus in the mid twentieth century. Since then a vast discourse has emerged to solve environmental problems by attempting to reduce the conflict between environment and International security endeavors. The main objective of designing this course is to make students familiar with this intricate web existing between security and environment. The particular discourse introduced in this subject is based primarily on liberal and feminist approaches towards International Relations as well as International Security; the approach similar to that held by Peace studies. The prerequisite is SS 300.

The study of geopolitics involves the analysis of geography, history and social science with reference to state’s foreign policy. It is the vast in its scope, and includes all aspects of the social sciences with particular emphasis on political geography, international relations, the territorial of political science and international law. The prerequisite is SS 302.

This course introduces a sub-field of political science known as Comparative Politics. Simply put, this is the study of political relationships and processes within particular countries (as opposed to the relations between countries), using the theoretical and empirical knowledge gained from comparative analysis. The sub-field of Comparative Politics is vast, and it often overlaps with questions of economics, international relations, history, sociology, and anthropology. One course cannot possibly “introduce,” much less “cover,” all of the field’s major concerns. Our goals for this course are to begin to understand the complex processes of state formation and regime transitions, the interaction of those processes with certain democratic institutions. We begin with a brief study of the theory of Comparative Politics. This provides a foundation upon which to draw later comparisons.We then study 9 cases-- United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, India, Mexico, USA - chosen both for their significance in world political affairs and for the diversity of political phenomena that can be studied using these cases. We’ll examine the significant differences as well as key similarities among these cases, and in the process, we will acquire concepts needed to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the world today. The prerequisite is ASC 302.

The proliferation of weapon of mass destruction along with the associated technologies is recognized to be the most serious danger to the national and international security environment. The latest study indicates growth of number of sates and sub-states that possess or seek to obtain such weapons and technologies are growing. The possible accession to such weapon system would severely threatens and rick the national, regional and global security dynamics by acquiring the illegal chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials. The course is aimed to educate people from military and security related fields to understand, the potentials of such threats and the catalyst affects such chain of proliferation. The acquisition of such weapons of mass destruction by any rogue element can lead to committing violence against the peaceful nations and the allies. It is widely believed, and historical record shows, that such groups would use nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction if they can acquire or build them. This course intends to provide learners and practitioners with the background history, and emergence of weapons of mass destructions, the development of such technologies throughout the phases of WWI, WW II, Vietnam War, Low Intensity Warfare, Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan, Iran-Iraq war, and War on Counterterrorism. They will also look into the challenges of proliferation and opportunities to thwart the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Participants will review the framework of the international nonproliferation regime, nuclear fuel cycle, including strengthening the international control measures. Students will also be given an overview of the proliferation risks. Broad range of interactive discussions will allow learner groups to critically develop the analytical skills in assessing nonproliferation issues and gain an insight of their broader impact though case studies and sharing the floor with international reputed personalities from the same fields covering nonproliferation, counter proliferations, consequent managements, interdiction, cyber terrorism and border management, treaties and agreements and UN security council adopted resolutions. The prerequisite is SS 302.

The course is designed to provide the students with deep insight and perspectives towards weapons of mass destruction and terrorism by of scientists, academics, government officials, and members of the nation’s security and intelligence communities from practical field experience in nonproliferation and counterterrorism efforts. It will help students understand responsibility of the governments to address these threats to national and international security. Students will learn basic terminologies and discusses strategic and policy debates about new forms of terrorism after the 9/11. How can weapons of mass destruction be saved from terrorists. This course will provide the students with an overview of the Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 60 past, understanding for present and possible projections in the future. and future national and international responses to - and defenses against - the threat of WMD terrorism as well as predicting future WMD threats, and draw from historical events to identify lessons and strategies for the future. The prerequisite is SS 302.

This is an undergraduate course for students interested in pursuing their career in the sphere of international relations: it is for future diplomats of respective national Ministries of Foreign Affairs, those interested in working for international organizations, as well as for students interested in the day-to-day process of foreign policy making. The aim of this course is to give students an insight into the real-world practice of international relations. Lectures will introduce the most important facts and concepts about actors in the area of international relations and the basic knowledge necessary for diplomats. Other sessions will help students improve their writing and presentation skills in this area. This course will introduce students to the basic principles and techniques of modern diplomacy. The course will include discussions of international legal obligations, diplomatic policy and the role of publicity in diplomacy and different aspects of diplomacy including the public diplomacy.

This course is designed to provide students with a framework for understanding the role of strategic media planning in the overall context of marketing and advertising decision. The course will cover audience research as well as selection, evaluation, and planning of all major advertising media and consider various decisions and problems that arise in the media planning process. The knowledge gained in this course will be useful for those interested in any career that requires them to interact with the media industries, such as brand management, advertising, research, as well as the media and entertainment industry.

The Special Topics in Strategic Studies is intended to showcase diversified areas of teaching that has wide relevance in local, regional and global context. The course stands as a cognitive learning tool and bridge between number of additional subjects for the students who seek to gain further in-depth knowledge on the quantitative and statistical methods policy, analysis and research. Students will have choice to learn on the CivilMilitary relations, Political science, Strategy in Action, Middle East Studies and the Development of the Operational art, Organized Crime, the New Trend of Terrorism at the backdrop of conventional theory of insurgency and non-linier forms of war, Strategic Intelligence, and selected topics of International Relations. The course is also designed to learn from the visiting specialist from the Strategic and Warfare studies. The course seeks to identify and address current and emerging Strategic challenges, and to identify strengths and weakness of the newly emerged multi-lateral and bilateral alliances between states and other nations. Special Topics offers innovative interdisciplinary subjects in regional and international Strategic studies, defense resource management, and GCC Strategy. The prerequisite is SS 300.

ICM and negotiation is the science of securing agreements between two or more interdependent parties in international arena. The central issues of this course deal with understanding the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations in the context of competitive situations. This course ensures to understand and think about the nature of negotiation. This objective is paramount because many of the important phenomena in negotiation (such as interests, goals, and cooperation) are ambiguous and often do not have “right” answers - we cannot teach a set of formulae that will always maximize your profit (although they might help). It also studies to gain a broad, intellectual understanding of the central concepts in negotiation. These concepts will be the building blocks from which we can systematically understand and evaluate a negotiation process. It explains how to develop confidence in the negotiation process as an effective means for resolving conflict in organizations. The prerequisite is SS 303.

After 9/11 terrorism studies has emerged as a science and made a considerable number of social scientists and scholars write and debate about complex dynamics of terrorism. In all these debates paradoxes and controversies have divided scholarly approaches evidently. This course is designed to make the students understand Contemporary Debates on Terrorism in detail regarding number of key issues in contemporary studies on terrorism from both ‘traditional’ and ‘critical’ perspectives. A purely debate course is structured in such a way that covers two totally opposite positions for one controversy. These two perspectives represent two different schools of thoughts regarding same issues. The prerequisite is SS 302

The objective of this course is allowing the students to understand the Defense Policies of Major Powers and its impact on the regional and global security. This course would benefit students to understand the underneath issues in the policy making and decision making which is an essential element in the security studies. The prerequisite is SS 300.

The course is formulated to provide awareness about “New Emerging World Powers”, the factors and basis that helped them to emerge as a world power for example their policies strategies and factors of progress. Though OECD countries have been dominating the world economy for a long time, however, there was a great deal of decline in world trade on the part of great economic powers. And at the same time there was an evident increase by some other emerging economies. The countries were initially known as BRIC which has later become BRIICS to some; these countries namely are Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa. This course analyses key elements of the trade performance of the BRIICS in relation to the rest of the world, focusing on trade and other policies influencing that performance. Developments in global trade policy are reviewed, notably the impact of preferential trade agreements on the multilateral system and patterns of world trade are described using both indices that reveal networks of trading relations and more standard modeling results. The prerequisite is SS 300.

Internship is the most important practical sample and preparing the students to the real life as a first step. AUE considers student internship in Security Studies as one of the most important channels that brings together the University, students and the job market. Moreover internship is a mean that integrates theory and practice. The training includes actual operation of the facilities and be an active part in the “operation room” in real time the students will be practice, identify explain how operation procedures are done and how outcomes are achieved. Internship within the security studies BSc. Program will take place the students with host institutions in abroad for specialized training relevant to Security Studies, such as Risk Management, Crisis Management, and Emergency Management. The prerequisite is the completion of 72 CH



This course offers students the basic s in identifying, preventing, and controlling crisis situations. It also helps students identify potential risks or situations that may precipitate a crisis or emergency and learn approaches on how to respond to such incidents. The prerequisite are SS 300 & SS 303.

This course is an introduction to crisis management and organizational continuity from private sector and public/ private sector partnership perspective. Course topics and content reflect the changes in crisis management following the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the lessons learned in recent disasters and catastrophes, particularly Hurricane Katrina and Tsunami. The topics include comprehensive emergency management, public and private roles and partnerships for emergency and crisis management, the risk management process, strategic crisis management, contingency planning, training and exercises, emergency response, business continuity and recovery, the role of the crisis management team, and crisis communication. The prerequisite are ASC 110 & ASC 302.

This course will help students to understand the way governments manage crises and security threats. Governments at all levels of society (from local government to federal or national governments, from local police to international organizations) are traditionally obliged and naturally eager to protect its citizens. This course is organized around two main issues: the nature of intergovernmental relations and the management of crises and emergencies. The course informs about the political system in which emergency managers navigate and provides an overview of key governmental agencies and actors involved the management of crises and emergency situations. The prerequisite are SS 307 & SS 401.

The informative and practical course on crisis mental health in theory and practice covers the psychology of the victim of crisis and disasters and discusses how to assist these victims of dramatic, life-changing events. The primary aim of this course is to support and empower those mental health practitioners and students who will be working in the trenches of disaster’s aftermath. An ancillary goal is to arm disaster responders who are not mental health specialists with sufficient knowledge to consider the role of mental health and how it might be helpful. The course is a tool for disaster preparedness and planning. The course explains mental health interventions in a practical manner so that readers may obtain and develop additional skills in the wake of disaster. The prerequisite are ASC 200 & SS 303.

Media and Mass Communication students are required to take a three credit hour course on the Capstone Graduation Project. To be graduated, students are requested not only to passing courses and earning required credits, but also they need to show that they have developed proficiency in core-content knowledge and can demonstrate proficiency in applied learning skills in the four concentrations. It will be a challenging and rigorous journey but the reward for undertaking a meaningful experience are immense and will undoubtedly give AUE graduates a powerful start in career they may choose. In addition, English language and technology proficiency must also be demonstrated. The Capstone Graduation Projects should be in the form of field-based case studies. The Capstone Graduation Project is designed to give students a constructive working understanding of the requirements and expectations needed to graduate from AUE. The prerequisite are ASC 210, ASC 206, SS 303, SS 305.



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Student builds the schedule based on available offered courses in the registered semester

Weekday Morning Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weekday Evening Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Weekend Classes

FRI - SAT | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Student can join at the beginning of any semester