Module Details

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Title Natural Hazards and Society
Code ENVS319
Coordinator Dr H Sangster
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15


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 of these extreme 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



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 8 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

This module will be delivered through a series of lectures and tutorials for the group assessment.

Teaching Method 1: Lecture
Description: ~2 hour lectures covering course content

Teaching Method 2: Tutorial
Description: Tutorials to support the group assessment (website design exercise)

Teaching Schedule

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


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 125


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
No assessment details provided  120    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
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    50       

Recommended Texts

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