40:453 Disaster Risk Communication [Spence]

Prerequisites: 40:253 or permission of Instructor.

This course presents students both theoretical and applied issues in disaster risk communication. Four main questions will be explored: Who creates what kinds of information about hazards and disasters, how and why? What must emergency managers and the public, respectively, know and when? How and to whom would this information be communicated, why and when? What lessons have disaster researchers learned about how people, organizations, communities and governments move from knowledge to action? Of particular interest in this class are emergency warning systems, community education strategies, barriers to effective communication and new innovations, cultural diversity and other concerns of the risk communicator. Drawing on national and international case studies, students will examine these issues in diverse cultural and institutional contexts.

3 lecture hours per term, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 40:453 in the BU Course Transfer Database.