Disaster Response and Recovery



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Disaster Response and Recovery
GEO 4000/6000C01 Spring 2003 Instructor: Ann Angelheart

Meeting Time: M W F 9:00-9:50am Classroom: McEniry #122


Office Hours: daily 1:00pm-2:00pm, or by appt.

Office Location: 420 McEniry; turn right as you exit the elevators; at the end of the hallway turn left; my office will then be on your right – my office is at the back of the room #420 (by the windows)
There will be no class held on the following dates:

Monday Jan. 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Weds.-Fri. Mar. 5-7 Instructor at Conference

Mon.-Fri. Mar. 10-14 Spring Break




To contact Miss Angelheart:

704-687-6222 (If I’m not in, please leave a message.)



aeangelh@email.uncc.edu


Textbooks:

Environmental Hazards, 3rd Edition; Keith Smith

The Environment as Hazard, 2nd Edition; Burton, Kates, & White

Course Description

This is an introductory course intended for upper-level undergraduates or graduate students. It covers why human activity occupies “risky” places; how people, groups and governments respond to disaster; the long-term ramifications of decisions made during the disaster’s aftermath; the social, planning, and economic issues that arise during reconstruction after a disaster.


The essence of the course is to provide the framework of current academic knowledge about disasters, and then examine disasters from various points of view. The majority of examples will be from natural disasters that occurred in the U.S., although the principles are true for other countries, and for intentional or unintentional human-caused disasters (e.g., terrorism, oil spills). For example, we’ll consider the following questions:

  • Which are more frightening: sudden events or slow-onset events?

  • Why do some groups evacuate when warned of a disaster, and others throw a party?

  • Why do people occupy hazard-prone places?

  • If a disaster occurs in a developing country, do international aid groups hinder or help recovery efforts?


Grading Scale

Attendance – 10%

Papers (Combined Value) – 30%

Midterm Exam – 25%

Final Exam – 35%

Important Deadlines

1st paper (lit. review paper) due Monday, March 24, at the beginning of the class period. I will proofread a draft of your paper if you get it to me by Monday, March 17.

Mid-term exam: Monday, March 3

2nd paper (case study paper) due Friday, April 25, at the beginning of the class period.

Final exam: Wednesday, April 30, in class.
Exams will be short-answer and essay questions.

The papers will be described in the class. The general guidelines are as follows:






Undergrad Students

Graduate Students

1st Paper – lit review

(discussion of selected course concepts as seen in academic journals or books)



5-7 pages;

6-8 cites (at least 4 from journals)



8-12 pages;

10-14 cites (7+ from journals)



2nd Paper – case study

(with 1st paper as introduction to case study)



8-12 pages;

10+ cites



14-16 pages;

16+ cites




Grades for Papers

  • Papers that are more than 24 hours late will not be accepted without verifiable justification. The instructor will decide if the late paper’s grade will be reduced one letter grade for missing the deadline.

  • I will subtract:

    • ¼ point for each grammatical or spelling error

    • 1 point for each citation that doesn’t appear in the references list

    • 1 point for each item in the references list that is not cited in the text

    • 5 points for too few citations

    • 5 points for each page with more than 3 quotations or more than 2” of quoted material

  • For each loss of 5 points, the paper’s overall grade will be reduced by ½ a letter.

  • Anytime three or more consecutive words appear in a text that are the exact same as from a source document, yet are not quoted (and cited), it will be considered plagiarism. The student will receive an F for the course if any portion of his or her papers is plagiarized. If any portion of any paper submitted for a grade has been obtained via the work of another person (e.g., a roommate wrote it, or it was obtained from an Internet-based service), the student will receive an F for the course.

I want to read your writing with your words. I expect neither sophisticated, scholarly writing, nor writing that would land you on the New York Times bestseller list. I simply want clear, concise writing that describes and explains whatever viewpoint your paper is trying to convey. In other words, there are no “bonus points” for “wow-ing” me.
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For those that commute to school, should there be an unexpected cancellation of class, the instructor will post a notice on WebCT.

To log onto webct: go to: www.uncc.edu/webct

click on the Login button; enter your webct id and password in all lowercase letters.

Your user id is the same as your campus email account (the portion of your address that precedes the @ symbol). If this doesn’t work, on the webct page, go to: Login Troubleshooting.



Course Outline

Week 1 – Risk, Vulnerability, Resilience

Week 2 – Meteorologic Hazards

Week 3 – Geologic Hazards

Week 4 – Risk Communication/Interpretation & Media Roles

Week 5 – Evacuation & Refusal to Evacuate

Week 6 – Convergence, Altruism, and Subgroup response to disaster

Week 7 – Community Response and Grieving

Midterm

Week 8/9 – Government Response/Emergency Management (Fed/State/Local)



Week 10/11 – Aid/Support Groups (Local, National, International, Emergent, Activist)

Week 12 – Planning/Mitigation Efforts

Week 13 – Other Postdisaster Development Issues (e.g., economic, social, environmental)

Week 14 -- Human-Caused Hazards: Accidental, Technological, & Terrorist

Week 15 – Disaster in the Developing World

Final Exam


Books on Reserve

These are on reserve at the library, so that you may refer to them for ideas or for material to cite for your papers. (A * indicates that the book is the property of the library.)


Government Policy & Planning

Disasters by Design* Mileti (also available free at National Academy Press)

Natural Hazard Mitigation* Godschalk, Beatley, Berke, Brower, & Kaiser

Disasters and Democracy* Platt



Social Behavior and Social Issues

Disasters, Collective Behavior, and Social Organization* Dynes & Tierney

At Risk Blaikie, Cannon, Davis, & Wisner

Natural Hazards Tobin & Montz



Specific Events/Case Studies

The Angry Earth Oliver-Smith & Hoffman

Facing Our Future Maiolo, Whitehead, McGee, King, Johnson & Stone

Hurricane Andrew Peacock, Morrow, Gladwin

Isaac’s Storm Larson

Galveston & the 1900 Storm Bixel & Turner





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