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Day 1 2/10 a. An introduction to the subject and setting out of course requirements and expectations.
b. Explaining and exploring the social and cultural approach to disaster prevention and recovery. What is distinctive about it? How does it work in practice? -
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Day 2 2/12 c. Introdution to preliminary case studies that illustrate the above points. Video
Day 3 2/17 a. How to ensure that post-disaster responses are sustainable? Video
Day 4 2/19 b. Models of social, economic and ecological restoration in a variety of contexts.
c. Case studies of post-disaster and post-conflict situations: a deeper analysis.
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Day 5 2/27 a. The social psychology of adaptation: how do people cope?
b. Trauma studies and their relevance to disaster management.
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Day 6 3/3 c. Case studies from Rwanda, the West Indies, Japan and Africa. -
Day 7 3/5 a. Cultural responses to disaster and displacement: theatre, poetry, literature.
b. Cities as focal points of disaster prevention and recovery: issues and case studies.
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Day 8 3/9 c. Appropriate architecture: designs for living (again): A workshop session. -
Day 9 3/10 a. Exploring parallels between natural disaster victims, conflict victims and refugees.
b. The role of aid and humanitarian responses: does it help recovery or hinder it? The role of International organizations, NGOs and non-state actors.
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Day 10 3/12 c. Climate change and its implications: adaptation, mitigation, prevention.
a. Policy Implications of a sociological approach and the politics and economics of disaster prevention and recovery.
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Day 11 3/16 b. Education about and in disaster situations: what is appropriate? - Designing a syllabus.
c. Relationships between disaster studies and global issues: climate change in particular.
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Day 12 3/17 a. Theoretical implications: what can we learn from the study of why and how societies break down?
b. Chaos theory and its applications to non-linear social situations.
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Day 13 3/19 c. The strengths and limitations of a sociological and cultural approach and its possible applications as a form of “applied sociology”
-a. Review of the material covered.
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Day 14 3/24 b. Presentation of student reports. -
Day 15 3/26 c. Overview and ways forward: what have we learned that can be applied across a range of topics and real-life situations? -

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