40:452 Disaster and Development [Spence]

Prerequisites: 40:252 or permission of Instructor.

The principles and practices of sustainable economic, social and environmental development are examined in relation to environmental, technical and/or human-induced hazards and disasters. The course brings an international perspective to consideration of how global, national and local development decisions affect the risk of disaster and how hazard mitigation, disaster impacts, and post-disaster relief and recovery processes in turn affect development. Case studies from lesser developed countries and regions as well as affluent societies are used to help students develop a critical perspective on the inter-relationships between development and disaster at the regional, national and local levels. Good practices, successful strategies and the preconditions for social change to reduce disaster risk are emphasized.

3 lecture hours per term, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 40:452 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Instructor: Balfour Spence