GEOG3057 is a multidisciplinary unit designed for students with an interest in how individuals and societies understand and respond to environmental shocks and stresses, and their different capacities for adaptation. The focus of the module is on climate and weather hazards. Through lectures and seminars we will explore the key concepts of vulnerability and risk relating to environmental events. We will apply these concepts in a variety of applied contexts through case studies and seminars. Applied frameworks and real world observations lie at the heart of this module, and it is on these aspects that assessment is based.
The module begins with an exploration of the key concepts that underpin adaptation, followed by an understanding of what adaptation looks like in practice, and ending with some considerations of future adaptation needs and realities. The module has a global focus and will consider adaptation in the UK and the rest of the world.
Pre-requisites: GEOG1011 OR GEOG2032 OR UOSM2010
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Undertake high quality evidence-based analysis of topics relating to adapting to climate and weather hazards
- Show a capacity to critically assess the robustness of scientific work in the subject area
- Articulate the benefits and risks of applying alternative conceptual frameworks to address climate and weather adaptation issues
- Critically evaluate the concepts of adaptation, vulnerability, risk and resilience in the context of weather and climate hazards
- Describe to a layperson the purpose of the main institutions and the role of the key actors that shape the current climate and weather adaptation landscape
Introduction to module
Brief review of climate science, climate impacts and uncertainty
Introduction to core concepts and theories (risk and vulnerability)
Case studies of reducing vulnerability
Managing current hazards and risks
Understanding adaptive capacity
Adaptation limits and thresholds
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
3 sessions on setting assignments/help sessions
Generic feedback session
Depending on class size – if needed (i.e. class >80) daily responses to BB forum queries from a demonstrator
Depending on class size - if needed - drop-in sessions for assignment advice (if student numbers greater than 50 - provided by demonstrators)
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
SMIT, B. & PILIFOSOVA, O. (2001). Chapter 18, Adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development and equity.. Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation, Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II. Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., pp. 879-912.
James J. Porter, Suraje Dessai, Emma L. Tompkins (2014). What do we know about UK household adaptation to climate change? A systematic review. Climatic Change, 127, pp. 371.
Lea Berrang-Ford, James D. Ford, Jaclyn Paterson (2011). Are we adapting to climate change?. Global Environmental Change, 21, pp. 25-33.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External