Crisis Management

University of Security
Department of Social Studies in Gdańsk

Global problems have led to a growth of the overall threat to national security. Over time they might not lead to a crisis, but can cause considerable difficulties, which must be considered in everyday national administration. Any disaster, catastrophe or hazard which we can call a “crisis situation,” regardless of its reason, disorganises normal life, causes breakdowns or overloads all or part of the national administration and infrastructure. The degree of a state’s (and its citizens’) preparation for crisis situations can be determined by the degree to which they are ready to take action to protect life and property against both expected disaster and in its direct aftermath. One of the most important tasks for government and local government agencies is to protect the life and health of the population and the integrity of the environment. This entails organising a cohesive system for counteracting extraordinary threats caused by the forces of nature, civilizational development or any armed conflict. This system should include elements of prevention, sanctioned organisational, operational and logistics solutions to enable rapid response to ensuing threats. Such a system should also enable the effective co-ordination of the rescue measures taken by the professional services and the repair of damage until the original state is restored. In order for such a system to work properly, it must have an appropriately trained executive and administrative staff. This is the sort of qualifications that graduates of the Crisis Management post-graduate course have. Seeing the growing need for training specialist staff for the purposes of national security management in crisis situations at various levels of government and local government administration, we offer the Crisis Management Post-Graduate Studies course. The chief aim of the course is to train students in crisis management, which covers all the issues related to the prevention of crisis events (preventive action), issues during crisis events (counteraction and rescue), and after crisis events (repair of damage), mainly for the purpose of state and local government administration and the institutions and entities dealing with national security (including the army and state services). The scope and subject matter of the course covers selected issues of civil defence and the principles of crisis management resulting from the responsibilities of various levels of government and local government administration and the specificity of the local environment. The aim of this graduate course is to train crisis management specialists to work effectively in situations that pose a threat to the security and property of Polish citizens in municipalities, poviats and voivodships (regions). This course is directed to college graduates (with a bachelor’s degree at a minimum) who work (or intend to work) in positions related to broadly understood crisis management, public and local (municipal, poviat, voivodship) administration staff and all those who are interested in the issues of public safety in situations threatening to citizens’ life, health and property and the maintaining of public order, peace and security on various levels of government and local government administration. Crisis Management course graduates can find employment as directors, specialists, advisors, experts and/or inspectors in Crisis Management Departments or Staffs in voivodship, poviat and municipal offices and in local government agencies at various levels; Voivodship Armed Forces Staffs, State Fire Brigade and Police Units (various levels); National Civil Defence Formations and in institutions related to crisis response; Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Justice structures. Furthermore, students learn the following skills: implementing state-of-the-art Crisis Management systems which follow from the type of function in their positions and the organisational structures in various administrative levels; quickly identifying threats and responding to them via the Early Warning System and the Early Warning and Alarm System; knowing the role of local government administration in light of the Act of 18 April 2002 on the State of Natural Disaster and interpreting changes in local government acts and the Water Law.


Wyższa Szkoła Bezpieczeństwa z siedzibą w Gdańsku
Gdańsk 80-557, ul. Marynarki Polskiej 15
tel. 58 341-98-51