Bentley College (Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate)
This course introduces the concept of natural physical processes as disasters in which members of a society are harmed. Examines the origins, prediction/forecasting, effects, and mitigation efforts of some commonly known natural hazards in the world such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods and severe weather, each of which is discussed in both a scientific and sociologic context, using case studies where possible.
2. Students should be able to predict the various hazards inherent in various plate tectonic and geomorphic settings.
3. Students should be able to use knowledge learned and map-reading skills to interpret and analyze various home locations (both in the larger regional sense and in the local setting) as suitable or desirable.
4. Students should acquire critical analysis skills that will help them to accept or reject Web site information and determine the validity of science presented in the modern press. (Scientific scepticism.)
5. Students will be given the opportunity to improve their writing skills and/or to home their oral presentation skills.
6. Students will, hopefully, improve their awareness of, and interest in, the world around them and the involvement of geology and the Earth in that frame of reference.
7. Build student empathy and understanding for those who have been affected by disasters worldwide.
References and Notes:
Many web resources are used, including those of USGS, FEMA, NPR, CNN, etc.