This module familiarises students with cultural, political economic, pragmatic and technocratic perspectives used to explain and sometimes spawn hazardousness of everyday life. Students are shown that hazards are not accidental interruptions of ‘normal’ life but rather integral to the social geographies that modern societies have produced. The integrative concept of ‘hazardscapes’ is introduced to capture the discursive and material aspects of environmental and social hazards. Hazardous environments in both the rich and the poorer parts of the world are critically evaluated from multiple theoretical perspectives to formulate strategies for enhancing human safety and environmental quality.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
20 lectures in the first term
Module assessment - more information
short essay (30%), poster presentation (15%) long essay (55%)