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Social Impact of Natural and Human-made Disasters

Course Description

Through this course, you will learn the basic terminology and concepts related to disasters, recognize local and global organizations involved in disaster relief and evacuation procedures, including the evacuation process during a pandemic such as COVID-19. The course will also help you understand the social, psychological, economic, and health impacts of disasters on humans and their social environment. Additionally, you will realize how COVID-19 affected various populations during disasters. We will look at how disaster relief often becomes the means for advancing political agendas and how they surface various global issues such as immigration, migration, refugee populations, and human trafficking.

The course has been designed to look at case studies from the 20th and 21st centuries. These will include natural and human-made disasters on both national and international scales. Guest speakers from disaster management and health agencies will be invited to share their experiences. Students will also review articles related to disasters and their impact on marginalized groups.

The course will benefit students interested in various fields such as engineering, health-related professions, chemistry, biology, public policy, administration, homeland security, public service majors or careers, and disaster management.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Learn the basic terminology and concepts related to disasters
  • Recognize local and global organizations involved in disaster relief and evacuation procedures
  • Understand the social, psychological, economic, and health impacts of disasters on humans and their social environment
  • Understand how disaster relief becomes a means for advancing political agendas
  • Understand how various global issues (immigration, migration, human trafficking) surface during disaster relief
Online Mode:
The class will be run mostly asynchronous. The instructor will post notes, assignments, and articles daily. There will be three non-required discussion sessions weekly, which will allow you to interact with the instructor. Guest speakers who work in the field will be invited during the discussion sessions.

In-Person Mode:
The class will meet regularly during the scheduled time slot. The instructor will assign articles and handouts for each session. Lectures will be based on the handout. You will be expected to actively participate during the lecture Guest speakers who work in the field will be invited during class time (via Zoom or in-person).

Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites beyond interest in the topic.

Sections

Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.


Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 08, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Meherun Laiju
Course Number: 10372

Dates: July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Mostly Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Meherun Laiju
Course Number: 10107