Spring 2021 - GEOG 312 D100

Geography of Natural Hazards (4)

Class Number: 2778

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    TBA
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Andrew Perkins
    ajp7@sfu.ca
    778.782.2560
    Office: RCB6231
    Office Hours: TBD
  • Prerequisites:

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

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

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.

Asynchronous course components:

  • Weekly lecture modules.
  • Weekly tutorial assignments
  • Geoscapes final project

Synchronous course components:

  • Optional attendance at live weekly tutorial question and answer periods with TA supervision.
  • Final Examination (students must complete this during the scheduled timeframe)

There are no tutorials in the first week of class.

Grading

  • • Participation and case study responses 20%
  • • Tutorial assignments 32%
  • • Geoscapes final project 18%
  • • Final Exam - Synchronous 30%

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Tutorial Resources:

  • Tutorial resources will be provided through CANVAS (SFU’s online learning management system).

Technical requirements:

  • Internet connected device (computer recommended) for weekly access to CANVAS (SFU’s online learning management system).
  • Periodic access to web-based tools and resources such as Google Earth (https://www.google.com/earth/), and potential for web-based (e.g., Zoom) interaction with the TA during live tutorial sessions.

REQUIRED READING:

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

Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021

Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).