History | Accidents, Disasters and Catastrophes
W300 | 31088 | Carmichael

Above class open to Undergraduates and Education MA's only

This lecture course has a comparative focus, historically and
geographically. We will assess traditional/religious ways that
people in the past explained and dealt with natural catastrophes,
and when those views began to change and accommodate more modern
perspectives. We will examine the changing definitions and
approaches to concepts of accident, risk, vulnerability and human
responsibility in calamities, including representation of
catastrophes and disasters in complex technological systems. And
finally we will look at the longer processes of environmental change
that create the circumstances for multi-generational catastrophe.
There will be three examinations (the final is one of the three),
and periodic quizzes on the readings.