Hazards and Society

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hazards and Society

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Climatology/Meteorology, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Today, the world is facing disaster on an unprecedented scale with more than 255 million people, on average, being affected by disasters globally each year between 1994 and 2003. It is therefore critical that we aim to improve our understanding of natural hazards and the how these hazards interact with societies to result in disasters. The geographer, through understanding the physical dynamics of hazards and key social processes has a lot to offer this field of study. The module will include topics such as; critiques of past approaches to understanding and managing disasters; auditing and examining trends in disasters; understanding the processes giving rise to common hazards; examining theories of vulnerability and resilience; early warning for loss reduction; emerging issues for hazards and disasters such as climate change, and the growth of mega-cities.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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