SOC 351 Disaster and the Media

This course will use popular movies and television coverage so as to focus on understanding the role of the media in shaping public response to disasters. Because mass media has such a presence in the everyday lives of citizens, developing knowledge of how media shapes public perceptions, and how media can be utilized to mobilize the public are at the core of this course. This course will require watching several disaster movies in class. Students will develop greater understanding of disaster response by completing several Emergency Management Institute (EMI) modules.