Spring 2014

DETAILED COURSE OUTLINE

(Last Updated: Sunday, March 2, 2014)

COURSE INTRODUCTION

PART I: TYPES OF HAZARDS

Week 1:  Introduction & Definitions

TUESDAY (1/28)

Required:

  • Review syllabus.

THURSDAY (1/30)

Required:

Recommended:

Week 2: Earth: Quakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, & Mudslides

TUESDAY (2/4)

Required:

Recommended:

THURSDAY (2/6)

Guest Speaker: Carrie Kahn

Required:

Week 3: Wind: Tornados, Storms, and Floods

TUESDAY (2/11)

Required:

Recommended:

THURSDAY (2/13)

Required:

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Week 4: Fire: Infernos, Heat, & Technology Disasters

TUESDAY (2/18)

Required:

Recommended:

THURSDAY (2/20)

Required:

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Week 5: Pestilence: Disease & Famine 

TUESDAY (2/25)

Required:

Recommended:

THURSDAY (2/28)

Required:

Recommended:

  • Ben Wisner, Piers Blaike, Terry Cannon, and Ian Davis, “Ch 4: Famine and Natural Hazards,” At Risk: Natural Hazards, People’s Vulnerability and Disasters. (Routledge, 2004), p. 127-166.
  • Peter Gill, Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Week 6: Midterm Wrap Up, Review & Exam

TUESDAY (3/4)

  • Wrap Up & Review

THURSDAY (3/6)

  • Midterm Exam

Week 7: Spring Break

TUESDAY (3/11)

  • No class

THURSDAY (3/13)

  • No class

PART II: AFTERMATH & RESPONSES TO DISASTER

Week 8: Special Guest Sessions

TUESDAY: (3/18) Richard Kiy

Recommended:

  • No recommended reading.

THURSDAY: (3/20) Hon. Denise Ducheny

Recommended:

  • Joesph Scanlon and Ricahrd T. Sylves, “Conflict and Coordination in Responding to Aviation Disaster: The San Diego and Gander Experiences Compared,” in Richard T. Sylves and William L. Waugh  Jr., (eds.), Cities and Disaster: North American Studies in Emergency Management. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, 1990, p. 109-132.

Week 9: Midterm Review

TUESDAY (3/25)

  • Midterm Review: Students will receive and review their midterm exams.

THURSDAY (3/27)

  • Class Projects: Students will work on the final class project.

Week 10: Haiti: After the Earthquake

TUESDAY (4/1)

Required: CAUTION: HEAVY READING

  • Farmer, Haiti After the Earthquake, Chapters 1-4.

Recommended:

THURSDAY (4/3)

Required: CAUTION: HEAVY READING

  • Farmer, Haiti After the Earthquake, Chapters 5-8.

Recommended:

Week 11: Vulnerability Reduction & Post-Disaster Responses

TUESDAY: (4/8)

Addressing Vulnerability

Required:

Recommended:

THURSDAY: (4/10)

Prevention (Mitigation), Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

Required:

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Week 12: Domestic & International Responses

TUESDAY (4/15)

Recommended:

THURSDAY (4/17)
  • NO CLASS (HOLY THURSDAY. REJOICE!)

 

Week 13: Disaster Politics & Ethics

TUESDAY (4/22)

Required:

  • Group assignment. Students will divide into two separate teams to compile a list of all federal disaster declarations declared under George Bush (2000-2008) and Barrack Obama (2008-2014), including additional data on the number of people killed, the number of people injured, the estimated damage caused, and the amount of money allocated by the federal government. Your group will have 10 minutes to present information in whatever format you like (on paper, on screen, etc.) to convey the information you have compiled on the federal disaster declarations made under Presidents Bush and Obama. You will be required to submit all data and materials compiled for your project to the instructor for review.

Recommended:

THURSDAY (4/24)

Required:

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Week 14: Individual Responses to Disaster

TUESDAY (4/29): CAUTION: HEAVY READING

Required:  CAUTION: HEAVY READING

  • Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial, Prologue, Ch. 1-7.

Recommended:

THURSDAY (5/01)

Required: HEAVY READING

  • Deraniyagala, Wave, All.

Recommended:

Week 15: International and Societal Responses to Disaster

TUESDAY (5/06)

Required:

  • Catch up on student presentations.

Recommended:

THURSDAY (5/08)

Required:

Week 16: Future Disasters & Final Thoughts

TUESDAY (5/13)

Required:

Recommended:

  • Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead, New York: Broadway Books, 2003.

THURSDAY (5/15)

  • Optional review session during regular class time.

 

Week 17: Final Wrap Up, Review & Exam

TUESDAY (5/20)

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