Fall 2021 - GEOG 312 D100

Geography of Natural Hazards (4)

Class Number: 4302

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2021
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Andrew Perkins
    Office: RCB6231
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    One of GEOG 100, 104 or 111 or one of EASC 101 or 104.



An exploration of human response to our hazardous Earth. The dynamic causes of natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides and floods will be illustrated. Students will gain an appreciation for how humans perceive, predict, and recover from hazards and how their effects may be reduced. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.


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 25%
  • Case study responses 25%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%



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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