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).
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.