SOCI 3448 Disaster and Society


In Spring 2019, this SOCI 3348 Disaster and Society course is designated as a service learning course.

Learning Objectives

After taking Disasters & Society, you should be able to demonstrate, through a sociological lens, understanding of:

LO 1.      The concepts of hazards, risks, disasters, vulnerability, and resiliency;

LO 2.      Various types of disasters and their impact on society;

LO 3.      The importance of addressing the needs of the populations affected by a disaster;

LO 4.      The key actors in the disaster management process, which constitutes mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; and

LO 5.      Problems associated with preparedness, response, and recovery in short-and long-term in local and international settings.

Service Learning Objectives

SLO 1.    To prepare oneself to help community members and response to future disasters by participating in a CERT Training program (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)

SLO 2.    To learn firsthand experiences from selected community partners in dealing with disaster management including preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities (LO3).

SLO 3.    To learn issues, problems, and challenges they face in managing disasters faced by the selected community partners (LO4, LO5).

SLO 4.    To apply theories and concepts in order to solve the problems, issues, and challenges learned from various community partners in managing hurricane disaster and emergency effectively (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5).

SLO 5.    To prepare a service learning experience report that contains experiential learning experience and sustainable solutions showcasing application of theories and concepts learned in classroom to problems, issues, and challenges in managing disaster and emergency effectively (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5).


Course Activities

Week 1 (January 15 & 17, 2019)

Welcome to Disaster and Society. We had a very nice kickoff meeting this week.

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Week 2 (January 22 & 24, 2019)

Students participated in a disaster preparedness exercise this week. It was a great experience for students.


Week 3 (January 29 & 31, 2019)