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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEO6570

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2041 2003-09-04
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography AS 122700000
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Jayajit Chakraborty 8139748188 jchakrab@cas.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEO 6570 Technological Hazards and Environmental Justice

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Techno Hazards and Env Justice
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    -

    Prerequisites

    Corequisites

    Course Description

    Examination of theories, debates, methods, and models that improve our understanding of human vulnerability to technological hazards and risks, with emphasis on issues of fairness and equity in the distribution and impact of hazards.


  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    While several courses are offered at USF on various aspects of natural hazards (e.g., floods, hurricanes, earthquakes), there are no courses that focus on technological hazards (e.g., toxic chemicals, air pollution, hazardous waste). There is growing need

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course will meet the growing demand for elective courses in Geography for graduate students in the Environmental Track. It will complement an existing graduate course on Natural Hazards. The course will also serve as an elective for graduate students in the Deparment of Environmental Science and Policy.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, three times (Spring 2001, Spring 2002, and Fall 2003)

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Relevant graduate degree, prior graduate-level teaching experience, knowledge of contemporary environmental issues and the hazards research literature.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. To introduce key concepts and theories of technological risk perception, response, and analysis.

    2. To examine public policy initiatives for managing technological hazards in the U.S.

    3. To understand the nature and character of a variety of technological hazards, such as toxic chemicals, hazardous waste, nuclear hazards, and air pollution.

    4. To provide a comprehensive and critical review of the empirical research literature on environmental justice and equity analysis.

    5. To introduce various data sources, tools, and techniques used for assessing environmental justice and risk.

    6. To provide practical experience in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology, internet-based tools, and pollution models for environmental justice/risk assessment.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. To introduce key concepts and theories of technological risk perception, response, and analysis.

    2. To examine public policy initiatives for managing technological hazards in the U.S.

    3. To understand the nature and character of a variety of technological hazards, such as toxic chemicals, hazardous waste, nuclear hazards, and air pollution.

    4. To provide a comprehensive and critical review of the empirical research literature on environmental justice and equity analysis.

    5. To introduce various data sources, tools, and techniques used for assessing environmental justice and risk.

    6. To provide practical experience in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology, internet-based tools, and pollution models for environmental justice/risk assessment.

    C. Major Topics

    -Technological risk perception, analysis, assessment, and management.

    -Case studies: chemical hazards, air pollution, hazardous waste, and nuclear hazards.

    -Environmental justice analysis: theories, methods, and practice.

    -Community vulnerability analysis.

    D. Textbooks

    No assigned textbook.

    Weekly readings will consist of research articles from academic journals and/or chapters from books.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information



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