Spring 2020 - GEOG 312 D100

Geography of Natural Hazards (4)

Class Number: 3174

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Andrew Perkins
    Office: RCB 6231
  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 111 or EASC 101.



An introduction to the occurrence and origin of natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, landslides, etc. Interaction between the relevant natural processes and society will be examined, as well as prediction of natural events and the amelioration of the effects of such events within different cultural contexts. Students with credit for GEOG 212 may not take this course for further credit.


Largely via the motivating force of fear, natural hazards can mobilize massive numbers of individuals and resources in short periods of time. The 21st century response to natural hazards has been significantly impacted by globalization, disaster capital and the geospatial revolution. This course will explore the human-related effects of geophysical hazards including: earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, severe weather, river floods, and sea-level rise, through a geographic lens. Discussion groups will evaluate local to global scale examples of natural hazards culminating in perspectives on improved response and mitigation.

This course may be applied to the Certificate of Liberal Arts.
Tutorials will not be held in the first week of class.


  • Tutorial participation 24%
  • Case study responses 25%
  • Final Project 16%
  • Final Exam 35%



Readings in Natural Hazards – Open-textbook available at no cost online.

GEOG 312 Tutorial Manual – Available for purchase from the bookstore.

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