Studying Hazards Abroad: Perspectives from a Collaborative Interdisciplinary Teaching Approach

Authors: Laura Siebeneck*, University of North Texas
Topics: Geography Education, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: Hazards, Study Abroad
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The International Disasters and Crisis Communications course at the University of North Texas is a study abroad class offered by the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science and the Department of Communication Studies. This class blends collaborative, interdisciplinary teaching methods with the study abroad experience to offer a unique course that examines hazards, emergency management, and crisis communication in South and Latin America. This presentation will describe how we have utilized this approach to expose students to different academic perspectives, cultures, and techniques for studying and understanding various human, physical, and environmental dimensions of hazards. Additionally, we will offer some general suggestions for faculty interested in developing and co-teaching a study abroad course as well as some of the lessons we have learned learned over the course of three different study abroad trips to Peru, Nicaragua, and Panama.

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