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  • CRSCAD 503  Topics in Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters

    Description:
    This course introduces the student to the complex process of post-disaster reconstruction and the roles of government, Non-Governmental Organizations, humanitarian and development agencies, multilateral establishments, and the private sector as well as the ways in which they can all support vulnerable populations during and after disasters. It also examines institutional, regulatory and policy frameworks for implementing reconstruction programs and projects. At the end of the semester, the student submits a research paper on a topic selected by him/her and approved by the instructor.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 522  Migrants and Refugees

    Description:
    This course will provide students with a broad overview of challenges faced by migrant and refugee populations that have been displaced by socio-political upheavals and natural disasters.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 523  Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation

    Description:
    The theme of this course will be to address the two main imperatives in a climatically changed world: avoid conditions that will be unmanageable and manage the changes that will be unavoidable. The course will begin with a historical perspective of the variability in earth's climate, and explanation of factors affecting climate such as the Greenhouse Effect, and a critique of current evidence indicative of global warming. To avoid catastrophic changes in earth's future climate, mitigation strategies involving transportation, energy, agriculture, innovative technologies, legislation, cooperation between developing and developed nations, and individual responsibility will be explored. Specific strategies such as a smart electric grid, non-carbon sources of energy, new technologies, carbon sequestration, cap and trade, and lifestyle changes will be investigated. To manage new climate conditions, adaptive measures will be necessary. The course will evaluate adaptive strategies to address rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and shifting rainfall patterns. These strategies include infrastructure modification, coastal fortification, wetlands and coral reef restoration, and the need to develop water tolerant and drought resistant crops. The students will conclude the course with an assessment of their own carbon footprint.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 527  GIS in Emergency and Disaster Management

    Description:
    This course provides an introduction to spatial technologies and desktop GIS software via real-world scenarios and research questions in humanitarian relief, disaster management, International development and environmental issues. In particular, students will learn to analyze, map, and publish spatial information at community, regional and global scales using powerful GIS tools. Students will develop skills in cartography, spatial data management and analysis, collaborative online mapping, manipulation of satellite and aerial imagery as well as toolsets, workflows and strategies common to disaster management and international development fields.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 595  Independent Study

    Description:
    Students may conduct independent research under the supervision and guidance of members of the faculty. Students wishing to register for independent study must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 596  Independent Study

    Description:
    Students may conduct independent research under the supervision and guidance of members of the faculty. Students wishing to register for independent study must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 597  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 602L  Climate Change, Food & Water Resources

    Description:
    This course will examine the causes and consequences of climate change with a special focus on food and water resources. We will analyze proposals to prevent and mitigate global warming with both proactive and responsive policies. As a global society, food and water security is the most important goal we face, yet many people in the developing world lack even basic food security and more than a billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Food and water shortages are exacerbated and caused by climate change, environmental degradation and natural and human-caused disasters. It is projected that unless drastic efforts to cut greenhouse gas emission are implemented global warming will lead to massive crop failures as early as 2040 and become a worldwide phenomenon by 2080. Because poor nations will be most adversely affected by climate change it is incumbent upon the global society to prepare for and avert disaster. CRSCAD 602L and UPCD 602L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 621L  Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction

    Description:
    The course will explore the intersection dynamics of human dignity, humiliation, and human rights in the context of post-disaster reconstruction. CRSCAD 621L and UPCD 621L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 624L  Survival Skills for the 21st Cent: Develop Personal, Organizational, & Community Resilience Skills.

    Description:
    This course will examine resilience and the power to adapt to stress, adversity, and trauma. Coping with and managing tragedy and crisis is important to the individual, his/her family and friends, employment, and other relationships that are part of our lives. CRSCAD 624L and UPCD 624L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRSCAD 643L  The Political Economy of International Migration

    Description:
    The aim of the course is to introduce students to the major issues associated with the economic consequences of migration. Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical reasons why people migrate. Many of these reasons are economic, but the resulting dynamic is a lasting relationship between the sending and receiving country. As a result of the development of transnational identities these ties include remittances, political participation, and economic opportunities for both countries. CRSCAD 643L and UPCD 643L are the same course.   More Info

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