Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Environmental Hazards and Society - 1st semester

Code

722041077

Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Department

Geografia e Planeamento Regional

Credits

10

Teacher in charge

Carlos Russo Machado

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language

Portuguese

Objectives

a) Reconhecer a importância da interdisciplinaridade na análise das Catástrofes ambientais
b) Compreender as diferentes escalas a que ocorrem estes fenómenos
c) Apreender as diferenças de magnitude e de ocorrências das catástrofes ambientais a nível global
d) Avaliar os efeitos da ocorrência destes fenómenos na Sociedade
e) Analisar o tipo e frequência das Catástrofes Ambientais em Portugal
f) Desenvolver e aplicar os conhecimentos adquiridos no diagnóstico e na prevenção deste tipo de fenómenos
g) Interpretar de forma critica e analítica textos e dados.

Prerequisites

None

Subject matter

1) Introduction to the concepts of risk, hazard and disaster.
2) The different types of environmental catastrophes and its spatial distribution.
3) Geologic, climatic, hydrological, biological and technological catastrophes, causes and consequences.
4) The forecast and prevention.
5) The importance of the geographer in the diagnosis.
6) Participative methodologies and of perception, on the study of environmental catastrophes.
7) Future perspectives.

Bibliography

Beck, U. (1992). Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity. London: Sage Publications.
Chaline, C., & Dubois-Maury, J. (1993). La ville et ses dangers. Paris: Masson.
Dauphiné, A. (2001). Risques et catastrophes: observer, spatialiser, comprendre, gérer. Paris: A. Colin.
Dennis, H. (1998). Comprendre et gérer les risques sociotechnologiques majeurs. Montréal: Presses Internationales Polytechnique.
ENISA. (2006). Risk Management: Implementation principles and Inventories for Risk Management/Risk Assessment methods and tools. Herakleon: European Network and Information Security Agency.
Fairman, R., Mead, C. D., & Williams, W. P. (1999). Environmental Risk Assessment: Approaches, Experiences and Information Sources . Copenhagen: European Environment Agency.
Guha-Sapir, D., Hargitt, D., & Hoyois, P. (2004). Thirty years of natural disasters 1974-2003: the numbers. Louvain: Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters Disasters & Presses Universitaires de Louvain.

Teaching method

Expositive and participative classes

Evaluation method

Elaboration of a research work on one of the program topics (80% of the evaluation)
Oral presentation (20% of the evaluation).


[According to the FCSH Assessment Standards, the proposed evaluation elements to introduce students in the first class may suffer readjustments, particularly in the percentage of each element].

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