- Focus is on the full range of human adjustments and responses to hazards and disasters at a variety of scales.
- The term “natural disaster” is deliberately avoided.
- Students are expected to examine the following four hazards:
- Either earthquakes or volcanoes
- Any one recent human-induced (technological) hazard resulting in an explosion or escape of hazardous material
- Recommended that the overall approach should be concept by concept (such as vulnerability, risk and risk assessment), rather than entirely thematic (hazard by hazard).
- At least one case study of a hazard event (or disaster) is required for each of the four hazard types.
- Assessed in Paper 2.
- Structured question based on stimulus material.
- There is a choice of two questions per optional theme.
- 20 marks per question.
Human induced – BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill