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A complete study of disasters necessitates an investigation of the social factors which contribute to the causes, responses and effects of disasters. There are also many cultural myths which surround disasters, as seen not only in fictional portrayals, but evidenced also in news coverage. In this course, we will as "myth-busters," examine how the data on disasters challenge popular beliefs by exploring behavioral responses, the role of the media, the impact of social inequality, and the functions of planning and
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to