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Teaching about Risk and Resilience Courses

These course descriptions have been submitted by faculty from a range of disciplines as part of the 2014 workshop: Teaching about Risk and Resilience.


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Natural Disasters
Robert Clayton, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Natural Disasters at BYU-Idaho is an interdisciplinary, case studies-based course about the risks, causes, effects, and mitigation of natural hazards. Via case studies, students examine issues in geology, ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Environmetal Hydrogeology
Tej Gautam, Marietta College
This is a lecture course with a lab component. It is an interdisciplinary in nature and involves field visits and report writing.

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

Decision Analysis
Jun Zhuang, SUNY at Buffalo
This course provides an overview of modeling techniques and methods used in decision analysis, including multiattribute utility models, decision trees, and Bayesian models. Psychological components of decision ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional

Economics of Hazards & Disasters
Lorraine Motola, Metropolitan College of New York
This course, Economics of Hazards and Disasters, provides a comprehensive overview of the economic aspects of hazards and disasters through a review of the concepts, analytical tools and policies to aid emergency ...

Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Student Selected Problem

Natural Hazards Planning
Rebekah Paci-Green, Western Washington University
This interdisciplinary course emphasizes creation of safer human settlements through application of hazard mitigation strategies in community planning, site selection and layout, infrastructure design, and building ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Sustainability, Environmental Science
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

Vulnerable Populations & Disasters
Marc Settembrino, Southeastern Louisiana University
This course is designed to critically examine the relationship between social inequality and disaster vulnerability. Special emphasis will be placed on social theories of disaster vulnerability, research examining ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards, Sociology, Geography, Environmental Science
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Student Selected Problem

Natural Hazards and Disasters
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside
Natural Hazards and Disasters applies the basic principles of science to the recognition and analysis of natural hazards and the mitigation of related disasters. Students learn about the scientific causes and ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Mass Wasting, Wildfires, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science, Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Coastal Hazards, Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Hazards, GIS

Living in a Hazardous Environment
Eric Kremers, Arkansas Tech University
Overview of emergency management systems with an analysis of the causes, characteristics, nature and effects of such disasters as avalanches, drought, earthquakes, epidemics, fires, flooding, hazardous materials, ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards

Resources and Risks: Humans and the Physical Environment
This course draws upon the earth and environmental sciences to explore interactions between humans and the physical environment. Students use spatial and aspatial datasets (e.g., Google Earth, computer simulations, ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science, Natural Hazards, Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

Risk Communication
Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University
This course addresses research on the communication of health and environmental risks. We will address current thinking about the nature of risk, risk perceptions, decision-making and theoretical perspectives on ...

Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Subject: Environmental Science, Natural Hazards, Sociology, Geoscience
Special Interest: Hazards

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