Environmental Hazards

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Hazards

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Fulfilment of entry requirements to Level 3 Geography

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

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

    Synopsis: This course will examine the physical processes of terrestrial, hydrological, atmospheric and biological hazards in order to develop an understanding of their causes and impact, and also raise a critical awareness of methods of hazard monitoring and mitigation. We will also examine concepts such as risk, hazard perception, vulnerability and response to hazards in order to understand hazards within their political, social and economic context thus highlighting the necessity to study environmental hazards from both a physical and human geographical standpoint.
    Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs): By the end of this course students will be able to:
    • Explain the physical processes that lead to terrestrial, hydrological, atmospheric and biological hazards
    • Discuss the interrelationships between different types of environmental hazard
    • Explain the methods of hazard monitoring and mitigation
    • Discuss the complex interrelationships between different types of human impact and environmental hazards
    • Discuss the notion of a ?natural? hazard
    • Explain concepts of risk, perception, vulnerability and spatial variability of hazards
    • Discuss ideas of risk assessment and society response and adjustment to hazards
    Prerequisites: This is an optional course for third and fourth year Geography students. Visiting students can attend the course provided that they have a background in Geography or Earth Sciences equivalent to entry requirements for Level 3 Geography. If you are not sure about your suitability, please contact Rhian.
    Suggested readings: there is no textbook suggested. Students will read papers the list of which will be provided during the lectures.

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.


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