SOCI 3448 Disaster and Society

 

In Spring 2018, this SOCI 3348 Disaster and Society course is designated as a service learning course. The students participated in CERT Training as a service learning in April.

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).

 

CERT Training Jointly Offered by UTRGV and the City of Weslaco

The service learning component provided the students to learn and prepare themselves for future disaster events by participating in a Community Emergency Response Teach (CERT) training program. To do so, University of Texas Rio Grande VAlley (UTRGV) and the City of Weslaco (COW) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly offer the CERT training to UTRGV students in Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 on April 7, 2018.


Take-home Messages From Students

Here are a few take-home messages students shared with their fellow students.

Students' Comments

DR.KYNE IS THE KINDEST PROFESSOR IN THE LIBERAL ARTS DEP. He is so understanding and only wants the best for his students! UTRGV is extremely lucky to have him as a professor! Thank you Dr.Kyne for all you do and always having the best interest for your students! If I could take him over & over I would he should be looked up to as an example of what a the perfect professor is like for all faculty!:) -Clarissa Coronado
Dr Kyne is AMAZING! great class!
Dr Kyne is very humble, and respectful. He is very understanding and the way he teaches makes it fun.
Dr. Kyne is a great professor, he encourages his students to apply the in-class knowledge to the outside world such as giving the opportunity for his students to participate in a CERT training program. He is higly recommended
Dr. Kyne is awesome, take his course!
Dr. Kyne is the best professor I have ever had since first attending the university back in 2009. His passion for the education and well being of his students is evident. This is coming from a person who's major is not even sociology. He deserves a promotion.
Dr.Kyne is a really good professor. He really loves his job. All I can say is it was a great experiance beeing in his class. Hope he keeps making a great change in the UTRGV campus.
Dr.Kyne really knows his stuff, he makes he class fun and gives you a chance to make it hands-on he's very enthusiastic in his field of study which makes his a very good instructor.
Good professor and cares about the students education.
Great class... Dr. Kyne really tries and cares... dry subject matter can also become repetitive. The CERT program was fun...
Great instructor !!
Had a great experience in this class I learned so much about different types of disasters and how to prepare for them. I really enjoyed the CERT training that was available so I can make a difference in my community in case of an emergency.
He is very understanding and helpful, his class is very helpful and exciting! Loved the CERT training!
Hey is a very very great professor! He is one of a Kyne lol kind! He is easy, intelligent , loving, and respectful . He wants to inform you with all the information that he possibly can. I recommend this class for anyone who wants to understand more about disaster . He is a great teacher !
I admire your passion and dedication to what you teach. It is clear that you really devoted. Keep being who you are Dr. Kyne.
I greatly appreciate the passion and desire of the instructor to encourage students to take an active role in their own lives. Very kind and willing to help when needed.
I really enjoyed being part of this course because it showed me what I have to do when it comes to a disaster happening and how I should be prepared for that disaster. I am glad that I am a part of the CERT training and that I am going to receive a certificate and that my training will prepare me for the future and for any disaster that occurs.
Love how he is very proud of his work.
Pure excellence! I really enjoyed taking this course.
Thank you, Dr. Kyne, for going the extra mile in organizing the service learning. Being in your class was a unique experience, and I am truly grateful.
This class was a lot of fun in terms of when you get to experience the CERT training first hand. Dr.Kyne is excellent will definitely recommend.
This was such a fun and unique course. I am not in a field where this is required to take but I am so glad that I did take it.
We need more professor like Dr. Kyne. His dedication is second to none. I have not seen a professor that goes beyond the call of duty to press the department and University forward as Dr. Kyne does. He is the epitome of what a Professor should be; always bringing out the best in his students.
Great class
One of the nicest professors, great at teaching he has a passion for his class
The course was very well taught and the cert training was a very exciting way to learn about how to respond to a disaster, would encourage Dr.Kyne to use more classroom activities instead of power point lecture
Very passionate in what he teaches! Extremely caring about the environment, society and overall with his students! Most friendly and caring professor I ever had!

Captured Moments in the Official Signing Ceremony

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CERT Training Program at UTRGV

CERT Training was offered to UTRGV students on April 7, 14, and 21, 2018. There were 79 students who participated in the training program.

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Day 1 (April 7, 2018)

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Scholarly Engaged Learning

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Day 2 (April 14, 2018)

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Day 3 (April 21, 2018)

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