AAPTIS 291 - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies
Section: 001 Catastrophe: Natural Disasters and Human Society
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This topical, comparative course on nature, calamity, and culture ranges widely through space and time to explore the varied history of natural disasters: fires, floods, famines, hurricanes, tornadoes, epidemics, tsunamis, earthquakes, blizzards, volcanoes, and more. It considers how such episodes can and should be represented, how concerns about natural hazards and (inevitable?) catastrophes have changed over time and by place, and how people have used such episodes to consider nature, the universe, and their place in it. Why has it been so important to describe some disasters as ³natural,² and others not? Students will also emerge with a better sense of what historians and social scientists can learn from studying such extreme, apparently atypical moments of cataclysm and crisis.

Grading based on class participation, three short papers, and a final exam.

Registration restricted to Honors students.

AAPTIS 291 - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies
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001 (LEC)
5LSA Hnrs
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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