Plan Ahead to Decrease Impact

As part of the BA in Security and Strategic Studies, the Disaster Management track deals with the wide variety of expected or unexpected events that lead up to great damage or loss of life. This broad definition encompasses an analysis of the causes, how a crisis occurs and the short and long-term consequences. The key word of the track is resilience; the ability of a population to absorb the negative impact of a single crisis or a succession of crises.


  • Attested high school (grade 12) certificate or its equivalent with minimum average of 60% | for scientific and literary streams. Other streams will require a minimum score average of 70% equivalency and a letter will be required for certificate earned outside UAE.
  • English Proficiency
    PBT 500 | iBT 61 | IELTS ACA. 5.0 | PEARSON 44 | IESOL B1/B2 | CAMBRIDGE 154
  • Letter of Interest & Interview


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)

    3,000 AED

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This course covers the needed language areas such as organizational structures, instructions job lexis, processes and operating systems, health and safety, and customer relations which are common to the majority of different vocations to provide the functional language the students will need in their specialization and place of work. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent.

This course designed to help students to do well at their studies at university through the development of effective study skills and strategies. Studying at university is very different from previous study students may have done, and therefore the course aims Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 58 to apply new studying and learning strategies, and identify, develop, and enhance the study and learning skills of students. These skills include time management, taking notes, planning assignments, exam preparation and revision, preparing a presentation, memory techniques, and methods for using course materials including syllabi and textbooks, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, etc. Students will have the opportunity to develop a focused project specific to their interests and study needs.

This course introduces students to the broad, complex and influential field of the social sciences. The course tends to focus on the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and sometimes history and geography. This course will also enable students to sharpen their critical analysis skills as they evaluate changes in important social issues and institutions

An introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of psychology, including theories and methods, biological factors influencing behavior, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, language, human development and personality.

Courses in the Natural Sciences introduce students to the basic concepts of Sciences and the scientific method and enhance awareness of scientific developments and their impact on society and the environment. This area provides students with an understanding of scientific terms, concepts and theories, and the ability to formulate empirically testable hypotheses derived from the study of physical processes and living things.

This course presents the use of computers in everyday life. The students will learn to organize electronic filing systems as well as to communicate ideas effectively using a variety of software tools. The course discusses some of the ethical and moral issues raised by the use of Internet and email. Towards the end of the course, the students in groups will work to select a topic, search for the information, analyze and organize it incorporating a software tool they learned and present it publicly.



This course examines the communication process involved when individuals from different social classes attempt to interact. The instructor will address possible sources of misunderstandings in cross social communication. The impact of religion, politics, races and education in society will be looked at. ASC 203 World-History (3CH): 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 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. The prerequisite is ASC 203.

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

This course will introduce the students to the key concepts of Political Science and its principle tools. The course will discuss the role of main political actors in the field of politics and their function. The prerequisite is ASC 110.



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 introduces students to the process and practice of disaster/ emergency planning. The goal is to create broad experience that includes the many elements of planning as the primary path to preparedness. Students will learn the relationship of Emergency planning to the field of disaster management. The students will learn the bases of incident management systems and emergency operations centers. The prerequisite are ASC 210, SS 303

This course will consider those events so dramatic and catastrophic that they leave evidence in the geologic record and threaten life on Earth. Included will be violent volcanic eruptions, megaearthquakes and the tsunami arising from them, rapid climatic changes and associated storms, and impacts from asteroids and comets. The course will use the examples of catastrophic events in the history and identify the processes related to them to help interpret. The content of the course incorporates definitions of basic geologic terminology and describes those concepts required to proceed irrespective of background knowledge. The prerequisite are ASC 210, ASC 206, SS 305.

Since the turn of the millennium, more than one million people have been killed and 2.3 billion others have been directly affected by natural disasters including wild fires around the world. In cases like the 2010 Haiti earthquake or the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, these disasters have time and time again wrecked large populations and national infrastructures. While recognizing that improved rescue, evacuation, and disease control are crucial to reducing the effects of natural disasters, in the final analysis, poverty remains the main risk factor determining the long-term impact of natural hazards. Furthermore, natural disasters have themselves a tremendous impact on the poorest of the poor, who are often ill-prepared to deal with natural hazards and for whom a hurricane, an earthquake, or a drought can mean a permanent submersion in poverty. This course is a study of the economics associated with international, national, state, or local level disaster. Students will study, analyze, and conduct research on the direct and indirect economic losses associated with disaster. The course will cover the economics associated with both public and private institutions. The prerequisite are ASC 104 ASC 110, ASC 206

The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand and think critically about response and recovery operations in the profession of emergency management. Students will learn about the nature of emergencies and disasters, and assess alternative viewpoints about how practitioners should deal with them. While reviewing the disaster research literature, important functions will be mentioned along with various strategies and tools to be utilized for the effective management of response activities. The course will also survey recovery policies and programs, and methods topromoteaquickreturntonormalcywiththemitigationoffuturedisastersinmind. This course focuses on the standards and technologies used to establish organization structures that will support information technology incident response, business continuity and disaster recovery efforts. This course introduces incident response, business continuity and disaster recovery planning concepts as well as tools and techniques. Topics include the development and implementation of incident response, business continuity and disaster recovery plans, attack traffic analysis, and network based and host based hardware and software. Concepts will be examined and evaluated with appropriate exercises. The prerequisite are ASC 210, SSDM 400.

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


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