Minor Overview

About this minor
Natural hazards pose a distinct threat to society. Understanding the reasons why these hazards exist and the potential for impacts and disasters that often result is key to limiting damage and disruption. Many natural hazards are increasingly impactful due in part to climatic and other environmental changes, but also resulting from changing population and land-use pressures. In particular, Western Australia is vulnerable to a number of coastal and nearshore hazards that can directly impact population sites, tourism, and economic activities and infrastructure. This minor explores the scientific basis of hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, sea-level rise, flooding and storms, why they happen, their causes and their potential for societal and economic impact. Knowledge-led solutions are critical for hazard mitigation in a changing world. For students taking a minor which shares units with their other unit sets (majors or minors): in order for minors to be recognised on academic and graduation documents, students may only have a maximum of one unit overlapping between their unit sets.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the Earth System, its global scale processes and climate system, in the past, present and the future, as the context for natural hazards; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the factors that drive changes in the Earth system, feedbacks and human impacts; (3) identify the primary processes that drive changes in coastal zones and their impacts on coasts; and (4) analyse scientific datasets to investigate societal and environmental impacts of natural hazards and evaluate mitigation strategies.

MJD-IEMDM Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences;

MJD-MARDM Marine Science;

MJD-MARCP Marine and Coastal Processes;

MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences;

MJD-GSSCI Geographical and Spatial Science


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Take all units (12 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 EART1105 Dynamic Planet None
S2 GEOG1104 Disasters! None
Take all units (12 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 EART2204 Coastal Processes
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) EART1105 Dynamic Planet
or Unit(s) GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability
Unit(s) GEOG3307 Coastal Environments
S1 ENVT2220 The Climate System None