GEOGY301-21B (HAM)

Disasters and Development

15 Points

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School of Social Sciences


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Paper Description

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This paper explores linkages between disasters and development. Case studies on disasters in developed and developing countries highlight the complex intersection of development, disasters and survival. Introducing concepts and case studies relating to development and disasters, this paper also develops understandings of and skills in research methods.

The first section of the course will introduce the concept of development and developing countries and the approaches that geographers have used to study them. These include notions such as colonialism, Marxism, and neoliberalism.

The second section of the course will focus on concepts of natural hazard and disasters. Conceptualisations of disasters are a focus for geographers working in the developing world. These understandings focus on the ways in which some individuals, communities and even countries are more vulnerable to disasters than others.

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Paper Structure

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The paper will be delivered through lectures each week.

Assessments include both individual and team work. Students will be part of the same team for the whole trimester.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • explain key linkages between development and underdevelopment.
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  • demonstrate understanding of responses to issues of development.
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  • engage critically with geographical approaches to development and disasters.
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  • experience requirements of designing and completing a small research project.
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  • display an ability to work in groups.
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The internal work : examination ratio for this paper is 100 : 0.

Details on the internal assessment items are located on the Moodle course support site.

Assignments are to be uploaded through Turnitin via the Moodle site for this paper.

Submission of assignments to Turnitin plagiarism detection software:

  • All assignments submitted will become part of the Turnitin database
  • Students must not put their name or ID number on any assignment submitted, to protect their privacy.
  • A unique identifier will be issued by Turnitin for each submission.

Assignments do not have to meet the word limit requirements exactly. As a general rule, students may work within a margin of +/- 10%.

Read all assignment instructions carefully. Seek clarification if you are not sure what is expected of you by a given assignment.

Turnitin is a software package that checks submitted work for plagiarism. When you upload your assignment for marking, the Turnitin software package scans your assignment for matches with published materials, contents of webpages, and other students’ assignments. The Turnitin report to which your lecturers have access indicates where you have copied, word-for-word, someone else's writing, and from where you copied it. Lecturers are then able to check if you have referenced the copied material as a quote or not.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Reading Assignments (6 weeks x 6%)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Thematic inquiry
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Video Presentation (team work)
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
4. Poster (team work)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Peer Assessment
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no text book used in this paper. The readings list for this course is located on the Moodle course support site. All readings are managed by the university’s online Reading List Talis Aspire system. This means you will not need to purchase a readings book for this course.

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Online Support

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Online support is via the paper management system Moodle.

Paper materials will be made available to students via Moodle. Such materials include important announcements and documents (including the paper outline and lecture notes).

PLEASE NOTE there is no University of Waikato requirement that lecture notes, in whatever form, be provided to students via Moodle. If lecture material is provided it may not be made available online until after a given lecture. Furthermore, the notes made available on Moodle may not be an exact copy of the lecture as presented in class.

Lecture material is also provided via Panopto recordings. Panopto is the tool the University of Waikato employs to capture audio and video from lectures. Panopto is integrated with Moodle which means lecturers can create recordings that are automatically available to students via Moodle. Recordings can be viewed directly from the Panopto server or they can be downloaded as stand-alone MP3 and/or MP4 files.
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It is recognised that students have different work patterns and priorities. Nevertheless it is important to plan your semester taking into account the estimated workload for each paper.

The paper is held in the B Semester. It has four contact hours weekly. Students are expected to attend all sessions. If a ‘normal’ annual load for a Bachelor of Social Sciences is considered to be seven papers over two semesters then it can be calculated that on the basis of a 16-week semester (including recess and study periods) the student should spend around 10 hours a week on average working on the paper. This includes attending classes, completing assessed assignments, and undertaking associated reading.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: GEOG301, GEOG306

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