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Sociology of Disaster Syllabus
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Keywords

disaster
syllabus
disasters
emergency
catastrophe
sociology of disaster
sociology of risk
pandemic
climate crisis
climate change

How to Cite

Meiser, Ellen. (2024) 2024. “Sociology of Disaster Syllabus”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, February. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. https://trails.asanet.org/article/view/sociology-of-disaster-syllabus.

Abstract

This syllabus was created for a 17-week long 300-level online, asynchronous Sociology of Disasters course. Inspired by the syllabi of Dr. Lori Peek (Colorado State University), Dr. Lee M. Miller (Sam Houston State University), and Dr. Monika Myers’ syllabus (available on the TRAILS repository), this document provides instructors interested in teaching...

Details

Subject Area(s):
Other
Resource Type(s):
Syllabus
Class Level(s):
College 300, College 400
Class Size(s):
Any

Usage Notes

This syllabus was created for a 17-week long 300-level online, asynchronous Sociology of Disasters course. It was inspired by the syllabi of Dr. Lori Peek (Colorado State University), Dr. Lee M. Miller (Sam Houston State University), and Dr. Monika Myers’ syllabus, which is available on the TRAILS repository. The only TRAILS resource on this type of...

Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Identify and understand the social causes of disasters as well as vulnerabilities through written discussion and case studies.

  2. Write clearly and effectively in ASA style, including citation format.
  3. Enhance critical thinking skills through application of sociological knowledge, theories, literature and methods to selected cultural and global issues, crises events, and perspectives.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Discussion board comments that address reading materials and lecture, focus on depth rather than breadth, and delve into key concepts and analyze their significance.
  2. Midterm and final exams that evaluate understanding of course material and writing skills through a combination of short answer essay questions, multiple choice, true/false, matching, and open answer questions.
  3. Case study activities where sociological concepts are applied to a real-life event, and new knowledge is used to make better sense of the context and impact of a disaster event.

When using resources from TRAILS, please include a clear and legible citation.

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