Hazardous Earth

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hazardous Earth

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Climatology/Meteorology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Oceanography

  • 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

    The purpose of this module is to introduce students to elements of the global physical environment and human interaction with this through the examination of hazards. Every so often, the earth reminds us that the ground beneath our feet is not as solid as we might like to think. This module will look at why these events, and others like them, occur, and what we can do to minimise human risk. In this module students develop knowledge and skills in global seismic hazards, general global oceanography, glaciation and river environments. The module is taught around learning statements with associated in-class activities within a lecture-format, supported by in-class assessment for learning throughout. Students are expected to attend and engage in the module. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify and explain the key processes that create our physical landscape, in terms of plate tectonics, glaciation and rivers
    2. Distinguish key features of the global oceans
    3. Identify some ways of how the physical landscape impacts on human lives and how we can minimize this risk
    4. Identify some aspects of human’s impact on the landscape
    5. Give examples of how land use planning can be used in the prevention of global hazards

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.