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GES1070 - Extremes: Natural Hazards and Human Vulnerability

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr David Dunkerley


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit analyses the wide range of environmental processes (hazards) that pose risks to human lives, livelihoods and settlements. These hazards include earthquakes, tsunami, extreme storms, and forest fires. By integrating physical and human geographical approaches, the unit explores how the risk in any area is a function of both the environmental hazards and the vulnerability of the community. Case studies of significant disasters form a key component of the unit. Other topics considered include risk management, recovery processes, and the role of international aid.


Students completing GES1070 satisfactorily will


essay (2000 words) : 40%
Practical class participation : 20%
Final examination (2 hours) : 40%

Contact hours

2 lectures and a 2-hour support class per week