Module 6 Graded Discussion


Reflecting on Coastal Hazard Responses


In this module, we looked at case studies around the world of places with a range of economic situations, from small island nations to major U.S. cities. Each location is unique, but the ways in which people deal with coastal hazards and disasters show commonalities everywhere.

For the Module 6 graded discussion, we will spend time reflecting on the thought-provoking topics we have covered in this module. You will read the following statement and respond appropriately based on your knowledge of module concepts. You will respond to at least two other student responses throughout the week.

Discussion Prompt

To what extent can human ingenuity and engineering be relied upon to solve the problems of sea level rise for the Maldive Islands, Miami, The Outer Banks, and other coastal communities facing similar challenges, and what other solutions could be utilized? Support your response, with evidence and examples from the case studies in Module 6.

Required Resources

  • To stimulate the discussion, revisit the required videos and readings found in the Module 6 Roadmap:
    • The Guardian: "The year is 2037. This is what happens when the hurricane hits Miami" (An excerpt from the book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the remaking of the civilized world, by Jeff Goodell)
    • The Atlantic: "Is Miami Beach Doomed?" (Video, 6 minutes 29 seconds)
    • Interview on "Climate Change in Mass - On North Carolina's Outer Banks, a Preview of What Might be in Store for Mass Barrier Beaches." (Audio 8 minutes and 8 seconds)
    • Charlotte News Observer video on North Carolina's Outer Banks Topsail Island (Video 4 minutes 20 seconds) .


  1. Use Word or another text editor to respond to the prompt with your personal thoughts backed up with evidence from the Module 6 readings and videos. The length of your response should be between 200-400 words. (Typing your response in Word or another text editor and then copying/pasting from Word or similar to the discussion forum in Canvas is recommended to avoid losing your work midstream in the event of an accidental browser closing, intermittent Internet connectivity, etc.)
  2. Go to the Module 6 Graded Discussion (Participation) Forum in Canvas.
  3. Type or copy/paste your response to the prompt into the text box marked 'reply' by the date listed on the calendar.
  4. Select Post Reply. Your response is now visible to your classmates and your instructor. Read through others’ responses and write a thoughtful reply to at least two other students by the date listed on the calendar. These replies should be either a rebuttal in which you add your own ideas in the form of a persuasive argument (written with respect for the originating author), or a response that agrees with, supports, and builds upon the original response. Because timely response to the conversation is part of your grade, subscribing to the forum is required. Check in to the discussion forum often throughout the week to post and respond to comments.


The grading rubric (also located in Module 6 Graded Discussion Forum in Canvas) will help you understand what constitutes an appropriate level of participation on your part. The instructor reserves the right to not award any credit (including points for timing and interaction) if the content of the posts, however on-time they may be, are off-topic, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate. Such posts may be deleted at any time by the instructor as well.

  • Content: Addresses all facets of the assigned discussion prompt with accurate supporting detail where necessary. Response post is at least 300 words of substantive content addressing the prompt. Posts are appropriately cited as needed. To earn full credit in this category, your comments and replies to classmates must demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the topic and go well beyond, "I agree with you." (6 points)
  • Formatting and Mechanics: Posts should be edited and cited appropriately as needed. While a discussion forum has an informal tone, please refrain from foul or offensive language, texting abbreviations, etc. (2 points)
  • Timing: This assignment is deliberately structured to allow you to participate throughout the week. Your initial response to the statement should be shared by the date listed on the calendar and your responses to two other classmates by the date listed on the calendar to allow for authentic discussion to occur. (2 points)