Prerequisite: SOC 101. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Honors Program, or declared sociology majors, or with permission of the instructor. (Second semester—as needed/3 credits)
An examination of the social dimensions and human consequences of natural disasters: hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornados, heat waves, volcanos, wildfires, and other catastrophic events linked to the forces of nature. We will use case studies of major disasters- supplemented by additional readings, films, and speakers-to explore topics such as the impact of gender, class, ethnicity and age on vulnerability; the role of media; community disruption and recovery; and political and economic factors shaping disaster response.