EMG 4050: Socio-Psychological Nature of Emergency Management


Students will analyze the social and psychological nature of working in emergency management. Relevant theories will be incorporated to display how humans prepare for, respond to and recover from vulnerabilities, risks, emergencies, disasters and catastrophes.


  1. Identify and discuss the concept of social vulnerability.
  2. Analyze the post-impact behavior of individuals and organizations within a society during and after a disaster.
  3. Analyze and discuss ways that the implications of disasters produce social change.
  4. Describe and discuss theories of thought that can be applied to emergency management scenarios.


  1. EMG 3000


Response to disaster: Fact versus fiction and its perpetuation: The sociology of disaster (Rev: 3)

Publisher: University Press of America (2008)
Author: Fischer III, H. W.
ISBN: 978-0761841173
Price: $48.87

Disaster mental health: Theory and practice

Publisher: Brooks/Cole (2007)
Author: Halpern, J. & Tramontin, M.
ISBN: 978-0534534714
Price: $76.13

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