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Course Code: EDMG650 Course ID: 4818 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Emergencies and disasters do or can impact all people, anywhere, at any time. The emergency and disaster management field was developed in recognition of this, and seeks to prepare practitioners and public officials for the challenges that they will face. Evidence indicates that the impact of disasters is not distributed evenly—that in fact, the poor, minorities, and women are disproportionately impacted by disasters. This is something that students, practitioners, and public officials must be aware of in order to effectively and ethically discharge their respective duties. This course will make current and future officials aware of the impacts of race, poverty, gender, and similar social justice issues that they will need to consider in their careers in emergency management and public service.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1: Assess concepts of social justice as they apply to disadvantaged populations in emergency situations
  • CO-2: Analyze policies and practices as they apply to women and minorities in development (preparation and mitigation), impact (response & recovery), and building of equitable societies (resiliency & adaptation)
  • CO-3: Design strategies that could be utilized to minimize the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations
  • CO-4: Synthesize public policy requirements that will be needed to properly address the issues of race and gender
  • CO-5: Evaluate a historical disaster from the perspective of disadvantaged populations

Reading/Writing Assignments: Papers will be graded using the APUS graduate rubric, with attention paid to comprehension, depth of knowledge, and clear expression of ideas and arguments. Additionally, adherence to APA conventions will be required.

Forum Assignments: To achieve full credit for a forum, one must: create an original post; respond to a minimum of two classmates; and respond to everyone who responded to you. Posts must be thoughtful and responses helpful in a way that enhances understanding of the topics and issues.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Introductions 2.50 %
Forum 2-3: I saw it on the news 7.50 %
Forum 5-6: It happened to someone I know 7.50 %
Forum 7-8: Lessons learned 7.50 %
Assignments 75.00 %
Assignment One: Gender Equality and Development Pt. 1 9.75 %
Assignment Two: Social Justice and Hurricane Katrina Pt. 1 9.75 %
Assignment Three: Social Justice and Hurricane Katrina Pt. 2 9.75 %
Assignment Four: Gender and Climate Pt. 1 9.75 %
Assignment Five: Gender and Climate Pt. 2 9.75 %
Assignment Six: Gender Equality and Development Pt. 2 9.75 %
Assignment Seven-Eight: Case Study Research Paper 16.50 %

Note: The texts are available as ebooks from the Kindle store, if not from the publisher. It is not necessary to own a Kindle. A free Kindle app is available for both PCs and MACs. Ebooks in most cases are provided at reduced cost and ebook use is encouraged. In many cases, Kindle books may be rented from Amazon, further reducing cost.

Book Title:Gender and Climate Change: An Introduction - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Irene Dankelman
Unit Cost:$40.35
Book Title:World Development Report 2012: Gender equality and development (free online through the World Bank Website)
Author:World Bank
Unit Cost:$33.60
Book Title:There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class and Hurricane Katrina - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Squires, G. and Hartman, C.
Unit Cost:$43.35

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.