SOC 328(F) The Human Face of Disaster

The purpose of this seminar is to consider the effects of disasters on community life. We now live in a world where disasters of various kinds are not only more likely to occur but more likely to do damage over a wide range. We will examine and discuss a variety of such crises: acute disasters like a flood in Appalachia, an oil spill in Alaska, a civil war in what was once Yugoslavia; and chronic disasters like the effects of colonialism on native culture, life in the inner city, and so on. Format: seminar. Requirements include making an oral report in class and converting that report into a written term paper. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 19).