GEOG30940 Global Risks and Resilience

Academic Year 2023/2024

With the earth’s human population now over 7 billion, the rapid pace of global social and environmental change together with an ever-interconnected world means that societies face increasing multi-dimensional systemic risks. What are some of the key risks and how do societies and communities deal with stress, shock and catastrophes and attempt to build resilience? This module introduces students to key approaches that geographers use to understand and investigate risk, vulnerability, and resilience, combining perspectives from human and physical geography. These approaches will be examined through a focus on different thematic areas (including food security, sustainable livelihoods, water, natural disasters, cultural heritage, migration, health, the built environment), that will be explored in particular contexts by way of case studies.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module students should have:

1. An introductory knowledge of the general concepts, theories, themes, and issues pertaining to risk, vulnerability, and resilience
as these are explored in the discipline of geography.

2. The ability to reflect critically on the geographically uneven and spatially and socially inequitable nature of risks and
vulnerability and the reasons underpinning this.

3. Developed critical reading, analytical, research, writing and presentation skills.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Key teaching and learning approaches used in the module:

-peer and group work;
-critical writing;
-reflective learning;
-case-based learning;
-active/task-based learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Individual research component (1500-2000 words in length). This is an individual student submission based on research towards the development of a group-produced Story Map. Week 6 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Group Project: Group development and presentation of a Story Map to explore a global risk which will involve combining text (based on student research), interactive maps, and other multimedia content. Week 11 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Tobi Morakinyo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer