Spaces of Destruction – Explorations in the Fractured Landscape of the Risk Society

Spaces of Destruction – Explorations in the Fractured Landscape of the Risk Society

Year: Suspended until further notice
Course code: MGT4021
Course credits: 15
Taught: TBC
Course co-ordinator
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Business & Management
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more inforamtion: Cherisse McLaren

Course description

This course seeks to analyse the spatial and temporal dynamics of risk and hazard. It seeks to explore the relationships between the various spaces of production and consumption and to analyse how they interact together to generate the potential for risk. The course considers the production and consumption relationships across a range of potential hazards from ‘natural’ through to ‘socio-technical’. It will explore the main concepts of risk, disaster and crisis through a number of case studies that deal with such issues as the geo-politics of risk (with specific cases on terrorism, environmental pollution, war and conflict), natural hazards and failures of socio-techncial systems (such as Chernobyl, Bhopal, the Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttle accidents).

Learning and teaching methods

20 hours of lectures (10 x 2 hours)

Course texts

  • Coles, E., Smith, D. and Tombs, S. (eds). (2000). Risk management and society, Dordrecht: Kluwer.
  • Quarantelli, E.L. and Perry,  R.W. (2005). What is a disaster? New answers to old questions, Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Press.
  • Smith, D. and Elliott, D. (Eds). (2006). Key readings in crisis management. Systems and structures for prevention and recovery, London: Routledge.


An essay of 2,000 words (30%)
A 2-hour degree exam (April/May) (70%)