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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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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: Sociology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience
Special Interest: Hazards

Environmental Science and Policy
Mary Anne Carletta, Georgetown College
This is an upper level college course for environmental science and sometimes political science majors or others who are interested. It consists largely of class discussions of material from an environmental policy ...

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

Geologic Catastrophes
Carla Whittington, Highline Community College
This is an introductory-level lecture and activity based course focused on geologic hazards in the Pacific Northwest: earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. Students are required to access the ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Volcanism, Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards, Local Issue

Geohazards
Andrew Moore, Earlham College
This is an introductory-level, lecture-based course, primarily for non-science majors fulfilling general education requirements. Students work in small groups to apply what they've learned in class to simple ...

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

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:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Student Selected Problem

Social Ecology
Pamela McMullin-Messier, Central Washington University
This is a sociology course but also serves as an interdisciplinary elective for environmental and policy studies; the course revolves around discussion and application of the concepts and theories of environmental ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Sociology, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Global/National Issue

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
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:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Sociology, Geography, Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Student Selected Problem

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: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

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, Coastal Hazards, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Hazards, GIS

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