The overall objective of this course is to gain an understanding of the causes and responses to natural and technological disasters. An in-depth examination of various case studies of disasters will be used to illustrate the principles involved. Topics include the history of disaster research, emergency management, normal accidents, and the psychosocial impacts of disasters. Prerequisite: Fourth year standing or by permission of the instructor. Students with Third year standing may have access subject to space availability and approval from the Faculty.