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PSYC431 - Psychology of Disaster

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC431 Course ID: 3612 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on the psychological and physiological human response to natural and man-made disasters. Using clinical research and case histories, students will examine normal and abnormal psychological reactions, the recovery process and principles of mental health care for victims of mass disasters. Differences between natural and man-made disasters are examined and factors that mitigate post-traumatic effects are reviewed. Psychological aspects of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) disasters are also considered.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1. Examine the theoretical underpinnings of the psychology of disaster and how they relate to the general discipline and practice of psychology.
2. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of the expected biological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal responses to disaster
3. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of psychologically significant aspects of various natural and man-made disasters that predispose survivors to specific types of responses and symptoms.
4. Analyze the risk factors, & protective factors that predict the overall severity of psychological distress and disruption following a disaster.
5. Examine and articulate the impact of disaster and trauma upon children and adolescents as a special population at risk and their needs following disaster experiences.
6. Examine the types of mental health interventions employed following a disaster and articulate the general principles of effective preventive, short-term, and long-term psychiatric interventions.

FORUMS: Discussion forums scheduled during all eight weeks of the course. Instructions are located on the classroom Forums link on the classroom left-screen menu.

ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECTS: Assignments and projects are due during weeks 2, 5, and 7 of the course. Instructions are in the Assignments link on the classroom left-screen menu.

EXAMS: A comprehensive Final Essay Exam is due in Week 8 of the course and is accessible via the Assignments link on the classroom left-screen menu.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Projects 18.00 %
Week 7 Psychology of Disaster Course Project 18.00 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 2 Assignment Phases of Disaster Response 15.00 %
Week 5 Assignment: Terror Management Theory in Practice 15.00 %
Exams 20.00 %
Week 8 Final Essay Exam 20.00 %
Book Title: Behavioral Health Response to Disasters - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section
Author: Framingham, Julie
Publication Info: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781439821237

Book Title:Behavioral Health Response to Disasters - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section
ISBN:9781439821237
Publication Info:CRC Press
Author:Framingham, Julie
Unit Cost:$87.46

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.