SOCIOLOGY 350.001 SOCIOLOGY OF DISASTERS
Jacksonville State University
Department of Sociology and Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor: Erin Rider Class Meeting Time: TR 12:45-2:15 Office: Brewer Hall 327 Classroom: Brewer Hall 330 Office Hours: Mon/Wed 11:00-1:00; Tues/Thurs 8:00-11:00; and by appt.
Office Phone: 256-782-8477
Dyson, M. 2005. Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. New York:
Basic Civitas Books.
Fothergill, A. 2004. Heads Above Water: Gender, Class, and Family in the Grand Forks Flood. New
York: State University of New York Press.
* Plus one of the following texts:
Erickson, K. 1978. Everything in Its Path: Destruction of Community in the Buffalo Creek Flood.
New York: Simon and Shuster.
Kingston, J. 2012. Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan: Response and Recovery after
Japan’s 3/11. New York: Routledge.
* Additional readings will be required, and will be available via Blackboard.
Blackboard: Blackboard is required to be used by students to keep track of their course progress, receive announcements, and access any additional course material.
Course Description: Sociology of Disasters (3). Prerequisite: SY 221 or 222. This course applies a sociological perspective to trace the study of disasters, emphasizing how social inequalities constitute varying degrees of risk and destruction throughout the pre-impact and post-disaster stages. This course examines social structure and social processes as they interact with disaster conditions.
1. For students to comprehend how social structure, process, and conditions constitute and interact with disasters.
2. For students to investigate...