The aim of this Summer School is to equip students with a general overview of hazard, risk and resilience:
• ‘Hazard’ describes any naturally occurring or human-induced process or event that may threaten human life, society, infrastructure and/or ecology.
• ‘Risk’ describes the likelihood or threat of quantifiable damage, injury, liability, loss, or any other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities.
• ‘Resilience’ is about being able to cope with change. Resilience can refer to a wide variety of physical, social, political and biological entities including a community, nation or state, financial institution, rain forest or human individual.
The Summer School will use an interdisciplinary framework for understanding risk from a variety of perspectives. Students will learn theoretical and practical approaches to identify and framing risk, as well as the underlying physical and social mechanisms that generate it. They will also examine the relationship of risk to knowledge and policy, and will be made aware of the array of advanced tools and techniques to assess the physical and social dimensions of risk under conditions of uncertainty.
The Summer School in Hazard, Risk and Resilience will enable students to work towards 10 Durham University Credits through assessed work undertaken during the course. Students will have access to Durham University library and IT facilities.
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