Courses Catalogue

Disaster, Risk And Vulnerability Assessment

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Science
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course covers basic concepts of emergency, disaster, hazards, vulnerability, preparedness, risk reduction, mitigation. The contexts and genealogy of various disaster including natural and manmade (technological) and a hybrid disaster will be addressed. The disaster cycle will be presented and analysed. Hazards and vulnerability analysis will be undertaken. The principles of disaster preparedness and response, risk reductions and management strategies will be discussed. Frameworks for disaster risk reduction including (Hygo Framework for Action) will be presented and discussed. Stakeholders involved in disaster interventions (mandates and roles) including government, NGO and UN agencies and communities will be discussed. The effects of various disasters, preventive and mitigation, risk reduction strategies for various typologies of disasters will be discussed.   


To provide students with basic knowledge of disaster preparedness, risk reduction and hazards and vulnerability analysis.


By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

 Explain the concepts – disaster,  risks, hazards and vulnerability

Discuss the typology of disaster and disaster cycle/phases

Explain the steps in hazards and vulnerability analysis

Undertake hazards and vulnerabilities analysis

Discuss disaster risk reduction and management interventions/strategies

Discuss policies and frameworks for  disaster for disaster risk reduction


A doctoral student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge of:

An integrated scientific and human perspective to studying the causes and effects associated with particular environmental hazards, together with the underlying principles of disaster management;

Ability to study the natural and human systems in an integrated way, providing a holistic approach to disaster risk reduction;

The scientific vocabulary, knowledge and technical skills required to embark on a career as scientist specialising in the management of environmental hazards and disasters in the academic or non-academic arenas;

solving and other Key Skills and empower them for career development and independent learning.