Natural Disasters

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; one field day. Global urbanization together with historical demographic population shift to coastal areas, especially around Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire," are placing increasingly large parts of this planet's human population at risk due to earthquakes, volcanos, and tsunamis. Global climate change combines with variety of geologic processes to create enhanced risks from catastrophic mass movements (e.g., landslides), hurricanes, floods, and fires. Exploration of physical processes behind natural disasters and discussion of how these natural events affect quality of human life. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 5.0
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Overall Rating 4.4
Easiness 4.2/ 5
Clarity 4.3/ 5
Workload 4.3/ 5
Helpfulness 4.6/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2020 - Professor Carolina is very sweet and passionate about what she teaches. This is a. pretty easy GE if you have a foundation of earth/environmental science. Lectures: Her lectures are engaging and her slides are posted online which is nice. She would expect you to finish the slides on your own if we didn't get to them in class, so be aware of that. She also used Poll Everywhere to monitor participation. I took this class as COVID was spreading and she spent the second half of the class on diseases/pandemics and how to respond to them which was cool. Discussions: This entailed one group presentation on a current natural disaster. Other than that, discussion was a waste of time where we would go over homework. It would often end early (30 minutes) so that is a plus. HW/Quizzes: This class had 8 reading quizzes (almost every week) which pulled info directly from the book. These were good study materials for the midterm. There were also 5 HW assignments which would either be a problem set or a one page essay. Not too bad and you would have the opportunity to go over it with your TA in section before submitting. Exams: The only exam we had was the midterm and it was pretty easy (50 M/C Qs) that basically took info from the slides and reading quizzes. She also posts some review materials which is nice. Final was cancelled due to COVID. TLDR: Take this class. Carolina is very kind and passionate and listens to student's interests when planning lectures. She is very flexible and fair with grading.
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