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The Social Impacts of Disasters

A required course in the Specialized Studies Program Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery.

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.

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  • Details
  • $725
  • Reg#: 00165
  • ID/Units: SOCECOL X499.35  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: SUMMER 2023