Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Dates & Locations:
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:
102 hours (36 contact hours, 30 hours class preparation and reading, 36 hours of assessment related tasks)
|Completion of 25 points of 200 level subjects with a social or natural science focus from the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environments; or permission of the course coordinator.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:
|Non Allowed Subjects:
|Core Participation Requirements:
|For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
CoordinatorDr Adeline Tay, Dr Lauren Costello
Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
This subject examines the impacts of disasters in cities. It will explore why some groups are more vulnerable to particular hazards than others, while considering the role of social capital and adaptation for increasing the resilience of urban communities to disasters. This is important because the trend towards increasing urbanisation and larger cities is a major contributor to the rising toll of disaster losses globally. In addition, climate change predictions indicate that natural hazards such as bushfires, floods, storms and cyclones are likely to increase in intensity and possibly also frequency in many places, including cities. Contemporary cases will be used to highlight key issues and policy debates. Implications for urban planning and disaster planning and management in cities and at the rural-urban interface will be considered.
Cases and examples will be drawn from around the world, primarily from developed countries. Students will have the opportunity to examine case/s of their own choosing (with approval from the subject coordinator), and will undertake locally based research in preparation of the field report. There will be a local field trip associated with this subject.
Students who complete this subject will:
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
|Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Students who complete this subject will have:
|Students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 degree and new degrees), or a combined BSc course (except for the BA/BSc) may receive science credit on the completion of this subject.
Bachelor of Science
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Urban Design and Planning
|Related Breadth Track(s):
Living in Australia's Hazardous Ecosystems
Understanding Disasters, Their Management and Planning
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