01:30 PM to 04:10 PM W
Mason Global Center (formerly Mason Inn Hotel) 1306B
Section Information for Fall 2019
What constitutes a “disaster”? What do changing explanations of the causes and costs of disasters, and differing responses to them, tell us about past societies and, more generally, about the larger contours of history?
This research seminar covers 250 years of disaster history, from the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755—often called the "first modern disaster"—to Hurricane Katrina. Although the collective reading for this course, which will be minimal, is mostly on American topics, students may do their research paper on a disaster or a disaster-related issue in any geographical area. Since choosing an interesting and viable topic is the key to success in HIST 499, students should begin considering their options before the first class meeting. Places to start looking for topics include some rather bizarre online lists, such as http://disasters.albertarose.org/us_disasters.html, http://www3.gendisasters.com/, and assorted Wikipedia articles.
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Required Prerequisites: (HIST 300C) and (ENGH 302C, ENGL 302C, HNRS 110C, 210C or 302C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.
Enrollment limited to students with a class of Senior.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.