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Instructor Info:Elizabeth Hartmann
Office Extension x5506
TA Info:Alec Larson
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
Description: Climate change may well increase the frequency of natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and storms, but not all people will be equally affected. Natural disasters, as well as disaster response, throw into sharp relief the social, political and economic inequalities that make some groups more vulnerable than others. This course will use recent and past case studies to examine the power dynamics that shape the outcomes of both slow and rapid onset disasters. What turns drought into famine? How do energy choices such as nuclear power heighten risk? Should the military be involved in disaster relief? Under what circumstances do disasters lead to positive change? And how in an era of climate change and economic upheaval can we develop effective and equitable early warning and emergency management systems at the local, national and international levels?