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Philosophy (PHIL)
211 Susan Campbell, 541-346-5547
College of Arts & Sciences
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Course Data
  PHIL 330   Philosophy & Disaster >1 4.00 cr.
Philosophical and interactive course on disaster preparation, with contemporary, historical, and current event readings; students also learn a new practical skill. Offered alternate years.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Zack NE-mailHomepage Office:   239 Susan Campbell Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-1547
Office Hours: 1400 - 1450 TR during Winter 2019
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: Syllabus for PHIL 330
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  35730 0 40 1600-1750 tr 306 DEA Zack N Wait ListAdditional Web Resources Available
Academic Deadlines
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March 31:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
April 6:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 6:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 7:   Add this course
April 7:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
April 7:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
April 10:   Last day to change to or from audit
April 14:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
April 14:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
April 21:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
April 21:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
April 28:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
April 28:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
May 19:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
May 19:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
After 9-ll the world seemed to become more dangerous, including visible threats from hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, chemical spills, fires and pandemics, as well as terrorism. Hurricane Katrina brought a new dimension, the inability of government to respond immediately to emergencies, which leaves an ill-prepared public on its own. The aim of this course is to develop philosophically a humanistic approach to disaster preparation and emergency response, from the standpoint of civilian individuals and communities, and vulnerable populations. The purpose of this course is to contribute to the new multi-disciplinary academic field of “Disaster Studies” and to improve the quality of life in emergencies—for students in the class, the UO community, the Eugene community, and beyond. The focus will be on the importance of individual choice, reflection, and practical emergency preparation, as well as the philosophical/theoretical background.

Students in this course will critically consider thought and action concerning disaster---that is, the philosophical contribution---but there is a second focus on developing practical skills and becoming knowledgeable about the realities of contemporary disasters. Practical work will consist of (1) a personal disaster plan, and (2) participation in an individually chosen outside training or disaster preparation program.

Philosophy & Disaster meets the criteria for Arts and Letters group in that it introduces students to the philosophical aspect of disaster studies and includes components relevant to applied ethics, moral theory, social and political philosophy, and the history of philosophy. The course will also have a multi-disciplinary component, relating philosophical issues to social science, public policy, and current journalism; and an interactive component that engages students in learning a new skill, such as CPR, water safety, first aid, and relating this to course themes. The course fits with the department focus on engaged philosophy.

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