Course Code: PSYC431 Course ID: 3612 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
This course focuses on the psychological and physiological human response to natural and man-made disasters. Using clinical research and case histories, students will examine normal and abnormal psychological reactions, the recovery process and principles of mental health care for victims of mass disasters. Differences between natural and man-made disasters are examined and factors that mitigate post-traumatic effects are reviewed. Psychological aspects of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) disasters are also considered.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|01/25/21 - 07/02/21||07/05/21 - 08/29/21||Summer 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|02/22/21 - 07/30/21||08/02/21 - 09/26/21||Summer 2021 Session I||8 Week session|
|03/29/21 - 09/03/21||09/06/21 - 10/31/21||Summer 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
|04/26/21 - 10/01/21||10/04/21 - 11/28/21||Fall 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|05/21/21 - 10/29/21||11/01/21 - 12/26/21||Fall 2021 Session I||8 Week session|
1. Examine the theoretical underpinnings of the psychology of disaster and how they relate to the general discipline and practice of psychology.
2. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of the expected biological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal responses to disaster
3. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of psychologically significant aspects of various natural and man-made disasters that predispose survivors to specific types of responses and symptoms.
4. Analyze the risk factors, & protective factors that predict the overall severity of psychological distress and disruption following a disaster.
5. Examine and articulate the impact of disaster and trauma upon children and adolescents as a special population at risk and their needs following disaster experiences.
6. Examine the types of mental health interventions employed following a disaster and articulate the general principles of effective preventive, short-term, and long-term psychiatric interventions.
FORUMS: Discussion forums scheduled during weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, and 8 of the course. Instructions are located on the classroom Forums link on the classroom left-screen menu.
ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECTS: Assignments and projects are due during weeks 2, 5, and 7 of the course. Instructions are in the Assignments link on the classroom left-screen menu.
EXAMS: A comprehensive Final Essay Exam is due in Week 8 of the course and is accessible via the Assignments link on the classroom left-screen menu.
|Week 1 Forum||5.60 %|
|Week 3 Forum||5.60 %|
|Week 4 Forum||5.60 %|
|Week 6 Forum||5.60 %|
|Week 8 Forum||5.60 %|
|Week 7 Psychology of Disaster Course Project||20.00 %|
|Week 2 Assignment Phases of Disaster Response||15.00 %|
|Week 5 Assignment: Terror Management Theory in Practice||15.00 %|
|Week 8 Final Essay Exam||22.00 %|
|Book Title:||Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*|
|Book Title:||Behavioral Health Response to Disasters - e-book available in the APUS Online Library|
|Publication Info:||CRC Press|
Not current for future courses.