Module Details

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Title NATURAL HAZARDS AND SOCIETY
Code ENVS319
Coordinator Dr H Sangster
Geography and Planning
Heather.Sangster@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To introduce contextual perspectives on a variety of natural hazards, the different levels of impact on human societies and the mitigation/adaptation strategies adopted before, during and after an extreme natural event.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding of the physical and societal definitions of a natural hazard

(LO2) An understanding of the processes leading to geophysical, hydrological, meteorological and climatological hazards

(LO3) An awareness of the vulnerability of societies

(LO4) An appreciation of the costs on these extremes events on societies

(LO5) Acquire a sound knowledge on mitigation and adaptation strategies for each type of natural hazard

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) IT skills

(S4) Organisational skills

(S5) International awareness


Syllabus

 

Weeks 1-2; an introduction to natural hazards, including definitions. Review of the types of natural hazards, how to measure their impact and how they become natural disasters. Introduction to the course content and the teaching team, as well as the coursework, including the creation of student groups for the website exercise.

Weeks 2-10; Geophysical (volcanoes, earthquakes), Hydrological (flood, storm surge and coastal erosion), Meteorological (storms, cyclones, extreme weather) and Climatological (drought, wildfire) hazards will be covered. For each type, an assessment of the impacts on societies and the range of management responses to these events will be examined.

Week 11; a synthesis of the course.

Week 5 and week 9 Tutorial; two ~ 1 hour long tutorials will be given to small groups to introduce the website coursework using Microsoft Office Publisher (or equivalent software).


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Fully online delivery and assessment

This module will be delivered through a series of on-line lectures, seminars, and tutorials for the group assessment.

Teaching Method 1: online-lectures delivered asynchronously
Description: ~2 hour online content (pre-recorded lectures) and written materials.

Teaching Method 2: online synchronous seminars (online classroom)
Description: ~1 hour seminar

Teaching Method 3: online synchronous tutorials (online classroom)
Description: ~ 1 hour tutorials to support the group assessment (website design exercise)


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           22

11

3

36
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 114
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
No assessment details provided      50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1 Group website There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :1  Group project for st    50       

Recommended Texts

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