This module aims to enable students to understand the social construction of vulnerability to natural hazards at the micro level and appreciate the theoretical and empirical links between the reduction of disaster risk and issues of development at the local and international scale; Additionally, the module seeks to facilitate understanding of the linkages between household and individual vulnerability and livelihoods in the local and macro economy. By the end of the module you should develop a critical awareness of the role of development failures in local patterns of human vulnerability and disaster risk and encourage critical reflection on the management of disasters through humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction approaches.
Please note that this is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Terry Cannon
10 lectures and 10 seminars
Module assessment - more information
2 x 2,000 word essays (50% each)