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Fall 2021 Sustainable Development U6260 section 001
Disasters and Development

Call Number 16671
Day & Time
MW 6:10pm-7:25pm
307 Pupin Laboratories
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructors John C Mutter
Sonali Deraniyagala
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description The course begins with a series of lectures that link natural extremes with disasters consequences in the development context. We explain the physical phenomenology of natural extreme events, how and why they originate, the limits to which they can be predicted and the extent to which measures can be taken to reduce their harm.  The focus is on those extremes that have historically proven to have the greatest consequences - earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and droughts. We then describe the social phenomenology especially the macroeconomic consequences of disasters.  Here we are in relatively new territory and we will call on analogies with well-established economic shocks such as currency slums and financial crises to explain how disaster shocks might differentially impact societies at varying development levels. We then discuss how the UN and other international agencies deal with disasters.  
Web Site Vergil
Department International and Public Affairs
Enrollment 1 student (20 max) as of 4:06PM Thursday, September 16, 2021
Subject Sustainable Development
Number U6260
Section 001
Division School of International and Public Affairs
Open To Architecture, Schools of the Arts, Business, Engineering:Graduate, GSAS, SIPA, Journalism, Law, Public Health, Professional Studies, Social Work
Campus Morningside
Section key 20213SDEV6260U001

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