Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Disasters, Environment and Development

Module 005DADUG

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Environmental change and disaster risk present fundamental threats to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. It has been argued that the negative impacts of environmental and climatic change and environmentally related disasters threaten to roll back decades of development gains. Building resilient and sustainable societies means addressing both climate and disaster risks, our understanding of the linkages between these issues and integrating these risks, as well as potential opportunities, into development planning and budgeting. The overall aim of this module is provide an exploration of the connections between disasters, the environment and development. In particular the module is split into three parts: a conceptual part that explores similarities and differences in concepts, frameworks and terminology used in these different areas; a problem part that looks at the issues of ‘Droughts, floods and food security’, ‘Complex disasters’, ‘Environmental migration’, ‘Trapped populations’ and ‘Resource wars’; and, a ‘solution’ part that looks at some of the possible avenues that may help address these problems including ‘Remittance bonds’, ‘Serious games’, ‘Blended knowledge’ and ‘Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience’.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the conceptual links between disaster, environmental change and sustainable development.

Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, and concepts around disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and development.

Understand the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge around planning for future developmental actions in a changing environment.

Critically discuss and analyse evidence for the role of environmental stresses and shocks on patterns of conflict or migration in the global south.

Manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources in the three overlapping areas of climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction and development.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PresentationT1 Week 8 (15 minutes)25.00%
EssayT1 Week 12 75.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111110111110
Autumn SemesterWorkshop3 hours000000000001
Autumn SemesterWorkshop4 hours000000010000
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Dominic Kniveton


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