Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Living in a Dangerous World
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report  1500 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Group Presentation  10 Minutes  25%
Semester Assessment Report  750 Words  25%
Supplementary Assessment Report  750 Words  25%
Supplementary Assessment Report  1500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Script for a Presentation  An individual script of the student's contribution to a 10 minute group presentation.  25%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate awareness of the standards, expectations and practices at a university level.

Identify appropriate data sources and resources for academic work, including books, journals and websites, and show an appreciation of the issues involved in their use.

Analyse historical trends in hazard events, and demonstrate an understanding of future scenarios.

Critically assess risk in a wide variety of hazard contexts.

Propose effective mitigation strategies for a wide variety of societal threats.

Brief description

This module introduces you to the primary hazards facing society and the ways in which they are addressed and managed through a combination of lectures, class discussion and directed reading which focus on case studies. You will examine the physical processes, societal impacts and mitigation strategies for such hazards and consider historic trends and future projections in a changing climate.

The module offers you the opportunity to engage directly in your learning, to contribute to discussion and give presentations on your work in a small-group setting.


Lectures will discuss a variety of themes, which may include extreme weather, riverine floods, seismic and volcanic hazards, and food and water security.

Direcrted reading will encourage you to explore the lecture themes in more detail and develop core study skills that are central to success in Higher Education.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Students will be encouraged to respond to feedback.
Co-ordinating with others Students to work as a team to deliver the group presentation.
Creative Problem Solving Students will identify factors which might influence potential mitigation solutions, and evaluate advantages and disadvantages of such solutions.
Critical and analytical thinking Students will be required to research, evaluate and analyse information for the presentation. Students will undertake an analysis of academic and non-academic sources and produce an academically appropriate report.
Digital capability Students will be required to use word processing technology for the report, and presentation software for the presentation.
Professional communication Students will be required to present written work in an appropriate academic register, and to present orally in a clear and professional manner.
Real world sense Students will develop awareness of their personal skills, beliefs and qualities.
Subject Specific Skills The lectures, seminars, and assignments address key debates and themes in the student’s subject area. Students will tackle problems involving number, including statistical analysis of trends.


This module is at CQFW Level 4