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The Social Impacts of Disasters

Course Description

Disasters are not purely natural but mostly social. This course provides an introduction to social research and discourses on how disasters as extreme situations highlight, dramatize, and change social structures and processes. This course examines disasters as related to race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, mental illness and age. This course offers a framework to prepare future emergency managers for effective disaster management. It integrates current practice with this rapidly rising area of need. Readings and lectures provide an overview of basic concepts, approaches, issues, and theories in sociology of disasters. Students will participate in class discussions, watch films about disasters, and write a paper about a disaster that they choose.

NOTE: This course utilizes Zoom for weekly live online synchronous meetings. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend, watching the recording is mandatory. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in your course. A device with audio and visual will be needed to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access your courses Zoom sessions.

  • Details
  • $725
  • January 10, 2022 to March 20, 2022
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00149
  • ID/Units: SOCECOL X499.35  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: WINTER 2022


Todd De Voe, currently is the Director of Emergency Management at Titan HST and is the host of the leading emergency management podcast show “EM Weekly.” Todd’s involvement in Emergency Response, Emergency Management, Education and Volunteer Management began in 1989 when he became a volunteer firefighter in Upstate New York. In 1991, Todd joined the United States Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman assigned to the Fleet Marine Force. After his service, Todd served as an emergency medical responder (EMT) in some of the most challenging neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. Todd received his B.S. in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, and his Masters of Public Administration from the California State University at Fullerton. Todd has served as Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Dana Point, and was invited to join a steering committee for Coastline Community College that developed their emergency management program; shortly after, Todd accepted a faculty position at Coastline Community College. In addition, Todd is the instructor of Emergency Management at California State University Fullerton for the MPA program, as well as being an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and is the a member of the Region 9 Board of Directors. Todd is a servant leader at heart and is very involved in the community. Todd has served as a Parks Commissioner for the City of Whittier, served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Rio Hondo Chapter, served on the Board of Directors Irvine Chamber of Commerce, served on the Advisory Board of the Whittier First Day Homeless Transitional Program, and served on the Board of Directors for the Organized Communities and Emergency Volunteers Association, currently Todd is serving as a member Team Rubicon USA Region IX, and is a special project advisor for the Warrior Built Foundation.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Required Textbook(s):

Book - ISBN: 1466506857
Thomas E. Drabek, 2 ed, CRC Press

Book - ISBN: 9780226638430
Daniel P. Aldrich, 1 ed, University of Chicago Press

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START01/10/2022Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END03/20/2022Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---