Dec 03, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SOC 355 - Disaster, Risk, and Society 3 s.h.

This course will sociologically analyze the impacts of disasters on the socio-physical environment, and will consider the role of decision sciences in the area of risk assessment. This course will give students an interdisciplinary perspective and understanding of natural calamities. Recent unpredictable fluctuations in weather systems all over the world have affected communities and especially those who were least prepared for them. Disasters pose a significant cause for concern and in order to mitigate them, we must assess the role of risk assessment and the general area of preparedness. Social perceptions of risk are mediated by cultural lenses and better causative understanding could invigorate societal resilience in the face of natural disasters. Integrating risk reduction with sociological analysis of disasters will provide useful tools to minimize impacts on affected communities. A-E Only.
Prerequisite(s): SOC 209 .