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GEOG1011 Dangerous World

Module Overview

The module will explore risk, hazard, exposure, vulnerability, resilience, and sustainability, all in the context of climate change: how these concepts relate to the Earth's physical and ecological systems, and to cultural and socio-economic structures of different societies. Case studies, presented by experts in their fields of human and physical geography, will illustrate how understanding interactions and feedbacks between human and physical systems might help societies mitigate and/or adapt to environmental hazard and risks of this dangerous world.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Use the geographical concept of spatial variation to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of environmental risk.
  • Gain tools for geographical insight (including remote sensing and geographic -information science) and apply them to problems in the context of environmental risk.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how particular places and regions within the global mosaic are distinct, and how those distinctions inform their relationships to environmental risk.
  • Acknowledge the essential need for multi-disciplinary and holistic approaches to problems in environmental risk.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compare a variety of geographical theories and perspectives
  • Abstract and synthesize information from a range of different types of geographical data, and demonstrate the utility of their spatial characteristics.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Retrieve and use data from a variety of resources
  • Practice using evidence-based research methods and understand their importance.

Syllabus

A typical syllabus for this module may include lectures/sessions on: • economic vulnerability • risky employment • "disasters by design" and the "safe development paradox" • theory and science of disease • climate-driven risk to small-holder farmers • IPCC reports and recommendations • earthquakes - hazard and risk • volcanoes - hazard and risk • rapid Arctic and alpine environmental change • coupled human–environmental systems • Geoengineering the climate • theory and science of flood risk • societal adaptation and transformation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

See Learning Outcomes

TypeHours
Lecture30
Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Library resources within the area will need to be enhanced in term of large group access to key texts. Datasets and models delivered online and formative and summative online assessments delivered with assistance of Isolutions. Library resources within the area will need to be enhanced in term of large group access to key texts. Datasets and models delivered online and formative and summative online assessments delivered with assistance of Isolutions

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 25%
Coursework 25%
Exam 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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