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This module's objectives are to provide an understanding of the dynamics of common hazards and to question if ‘Natural Disasters’ are entirely natural.
Today, the world is facing disaster on an unprecedented scale with more than 255 million people, on average, being affected by disasters globally each year between 1994 and 2003. It is therefore critical that we aim to improve our understanding of natural hazards and the how these hazards interact with societies to result in disasters. The geographer, through understanding the physical dynamics of hazards and key social processes has a lot to offer this field of study. The module will include topics such as; critiques of past approaches to understanding and managing disasters; auditing and examining trends in disasters; understanding the processes giving rise to common hazards; examining theories of vulnerability and resilience; early warning for loss reduction; emerging issues for hazards and disasters such as climate change, and the growth of mega-cities.