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News of the Week: Natural Disasters, Social Disorganization, and Elections


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News of the Week: Natural Disasters, Social Disorganization, and Elections

Nickie Phillips

This is our latest installment of Dr. Demetra M. Pappas' "News of the Week" in which she uses short topics as a teaching tool to stimulate conversation in her sociology, anthropology, criminology and legal studies course.

  1. NATURAL DISASTERS/SOCIAL INEQUALITY/SPORTS:  Should the New York Marathon have been cancelled this past Sunday after the impact of Hurricane Sandy? If yes, should it have been cancelled sooner? What arguments regarding social inequality may be made in this regard?
  2. SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS/SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (HISTORY):  Do you think FEMA did a good job in the New York tri-state after Hurricane Sandy? What surprises in the recovery (good or bad) do you wish to comment on?
  3. NATIONAL ELECTIONS/NATURAL DISASTERS:  What impact has Hurricane Sandy had thus far upon the vote in the national election? Do you think there will be a national bump or dump as a result of Sandy and the political arena afterward?

For more information on Dr. Pappas' pedagogical approach, see her article, "Creating an Antidote to Student Apathy: The News of the Week," in Teacher Scholar:  The Journal of the State Comprehensive University, Volume 3, Number 1 pp. 45-51.