HISTORY 208 - Topics in History
Section: 002 Catastrophe: Natural Disasters and Human Society
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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.

HISTORY 208 - Topics in History
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students must be able to attend three out of four required field assignments to be held on designated Fridays during the semester.
002 (LEC)
6LSA Hnrs
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with AAPTIS 291.001
003 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with ASIAN 253.003
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