Organizational Response to Disasters and Crisis

This course will help students understand the complex social organizations and organizational responses to disasters. A secondary goal of this course is to learn to understand and utilize the vast research published in this interdisciplinary field, while maintaining a specific focus of the sociological core of the research. Students will gain a familiarity with local, state and federal disaster-related organizations and how they respond within the bureaucratic structure to facilitate social recovery in the aftermath of disasters and crisis to enhance the chances of improving disaster preparedness, disaster mitigation, and disaster response to possible natural, human-induced or technological hazards. Furthermore, this course will include discussions of disaster-related organization and social policies, issues of disaster preparedness, the media and disaster response and challenges/opportunities of disaster recovery and prevention.