EARTHSCI 105G Natural Hazards: A Global Perspective

EARTHSCI 105G | ARTS, BE, EDSW, LC | Summer School, Semester One & Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


New Zealand experiences many natural hazards caused by the Earth’s natural processes through earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, weather bombs, storm surge, tsunami, flooding and wildfires. Focuses on spatial and temporal occurrences of disasters, hazard preparedness and recovery, and societal responses that affect and, sometimes, compound the magnitude of disasters. Case studies are drawn from contemporary and ancient societies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the physical processes that create natural hazards and disasters. 
  2. Recognize the risks and impacts associated with natural hazards. 
  3. Recognize solutions for mitigating or minimizing the impact of hazardous events. 
  4. Demonstrate and apply scientific research, analysis, and writing skills. 
  5. Comprehend the basic concepts and terms used in geology, geography, and chemistry. 

Student Feedback

'I enjoyed the lectures and found them inspiring.'

'I liked the range of resources used - videos/photos/work sheets/labs were all really well prepared and encouraged learners of different learning types. Lecturers were very clear in presenting information and ensuring that we understood the course material and what was required of us.'

'The course helped me to understand the natural hazard better, developed my teamwork skill.'

'The labs helped me the most, as they involved thinking, listening and problem–solving.'

'The labs gave us freedom to discuss our thoughts to help us make sense of what we took from the lectures.'

'The labs were very comfortable to learn in.'

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