|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. JF Warner|
|Lecturer(s)||dr. JF Warner|
|prof. dr. ir. JWM van Dijk|
|dr. RJ Coates|
|Examiner(s)||prof. dr. ir. JWM van Dijk|
|dr. JF Warner|
|dr. RJ Coates|
Language of instruction:
Disasters related to earthquakes, tsunamis, mudslides, floods, droughts, (wild)fires and famines seriously affect human societies. The course introduces different analytical perspectives on the causes and consequences of disaster, including the question where disaster begins and where normality resumes, it explores the interconnections between natural hazards, the vulnerability of populations exposed to them, and the relation with climate change. It also discusses the responses to disaster as developed in different social domains, including local communities, governance structures and science. Guest lectures by experts address technical issues such as the use of remote sensing in disaster management.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify and discuss the prevailing theories, basic concepts, typology of natural hazards and disasters and analytical methods;
- explain the concepts of vulnerability and capacity and use it as an analytical tool;
- identify and discuss disaster management practices and policies at local, national and international levels;
- relate social and natural-science aspects of disasters and disaster management;
- comprehend and critically discuss the key concepts;
- synthesise information and formulate new questions on the above issues by designing and presenting a poster to their fellow-students.
Classroom lectures with room for active participation of students.
Each third lecture will have a practical exercise or assignment
At the end of the course, groups of students prepare a poster for presentation on a topic of their interest.
A written exam concludes the course.
The final mark comprises the results of the examination (2/3), the group essay (2/9) and the poster presentation (1/9). A minimum score of 5.5 out of 10 is required for each of these elements.
The study guide presents the readings for this course. Readings not easily available online will be made available digitally at the commencement of the course.
|Restricted Optional for:||MIL||International Land and Water Management||MSc||C: Spec. C - Adaptive Water Management||5MO|
|MIL||International Land and Water Management||MSc||D: Spec. D - Flexible Configurations for Innovative Minds||5MO|
|MES||Environmental Sciences||MSc||D: Spec. D - Human-Environmental Systems||5MO|
|Compulsory for:||WUDIR||BSc Minor Disaster Risk and Resilience||5MO|