||The recurrent occurrences of various natural and manmade disasters like the December 2004 Tsunami, the bomb blasts in the cinema halls of Delhi and many such incidences have diverted our focus towards safety of one¡¦s own life. The goals of this course are three-fold: (1) To educate students about the underlying natural process that give rise to hazards. (2) To emphasize how society evaluates and confronts the dangers posed by these natural processes from a political, social, and ethical perspective. (3) Expose students to the technological innovations that are allowing an increasing large human population to monitor, predict, and warn society about natural hazards and impending disasters. Case studies of recent and past natural disasters will be discussed. This course is designed for students without an extensive background in science or math and can be used to partly satisfy minor programs in Environmental Geosciences.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will