Undergraduate course

GEOG325 – The Human Dimension of Disasters

This 15-point course provides an overview of the human dimension of disasters. It covers crucial concepts and theories, vulnerability and the causes of disasters, people’s capacities and response to disasters, disaster risk reduction and management and post-disaster recovery. The course also emphasises the policy and practical outcomes of theoretical debates. Discussions draw upon examples and case studies from throughout the world with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and marginalised areas and communities. This course is based around lectures and participatory activities which actively involve the students in the learning process. Tutorials provide additional insights through film showing and practical activities such as role games. Furthermore case studies will be used often to illustrate theoretical and methodological discussions. A treasure hunt throughout Auckland provides the students with a first-hand experience in dealing with potential disasters and associated social issues.

GEOG325 consists of one 2h and one 1h lectures a week and seven compulsory 1h tutorials during the semester. In addition, it includes one 2h class on the beach and one half-day field activity (final stage of the treasure hunt) on two different Saturdays.

Further details available from: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog325-the-human-dimension-of-disasters/

Postgraduate course

GEOG725 – People, Participation and Development

This course provides a critical overview of issues associated with people’s participation in development in their geographical context, including processes and outcomes, accountability, empowerment and transformation. It uses examples associated with livelihood strengthening, resource management, health and sanitation, education and disaster risk reduction. The course provides the students with theoretical knowledge but also practical skills through the use in class of participatory tools as both contents and teaching aids. Discussions rely upon concrete case studies from throughout the world with a particular focus on marginalised places.

GEOG725 consists in one 2h lecture every week of the first semester.

Further details available from: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog725-people-participation-and-development/

Contributions to the following courses

EARTHSCI105 – Natural Hazards in New Zealand: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog105/

GEOG103 – Mapping Our World: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/current-students/cs-academic-information/cs-general-education/cs-gened-course-description/cs-geog-103g.html

GEOG205 – Environment and Society: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog205/

GEOG315 – Research Design and Methods in Human Geography: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog315/

EARTHSCI705 – Geohazards

GEOG701 – Research in Practice