This course examines social, cultural, and inequality dimensions of historical and contemporary disasters, including COVID-19, climate-related disruptions, and other crises. Strategies for building greater resilience to disasters at the individual and regional level are a particular focus of the course. Specific topics examined will include the role of mutual aid groups in local communities, and ways that intersecting social inequalities impact disaster responses. Key learning outcomes include: strengthening the understanding of relevant theoretical/conceptual approaches; developing research and writing skills; and strengthening presentation skills.