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GEOS2911: Hazards, Climate Change and Disasters (Adv)

This unit has the same objectives as GEOS2111 and is suitable for students who wish to pursue aspects of the subject in greater depth. Entry is restricted and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their performance to date. Students who elect to take this unit will participate in alternatives to some aspects of the standard unit and will be required to pursue independent work to meet unit objectives.

Code GEOS2911
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
A mark of 75 or above in (GEOS1XXX or GEOL1XXX)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe and classify the Earth’s four major planetary systems and be able to associate the relevant natural hazard types
  • LO2. Critically describe and interrogate the core concepts underpinning the study of natural hazards and disasters (drawing from disciplines such as geography, earth sciences, governance and political sciences, health systems, engineering and social and cultural studies) and demonstrate their intersection with climate change and disaster risk reduction and management
  • LO3. Identify and explain how concepts of vulnerability, resilience, risk and adaptive capacity interact to determine disaster losses (or not) in a particular situation or context
  • LO4. Review and comment upon the causes, processes, impacts and effects of selected natural hazard types
  • LO5. Review and describe the basics of climate change and relate human-induced climate change to the occurrence of commonly occurring hydro-meteorological hazards
  • LO6. Describe and discuss the various approaches to disaster risk reduction and management
  • LO7. Provide a range of examples and case studies to illustrate your knowledge of natural hazards, climate change and disasters from high, medium and low-income countries
  • LO8. Critically understand the range of technologies available to support spatial analysis as a mechanism for assessing hazard, risk and vulnerability and managing disasters
  • LO9. Organise and communicate a coherent account of personal research about various aspects of natural hazards, climate change and disaster management using various written formats (e.g., report, newspaper article, poster etc)