Disaster Psychology

Required 7-8 Page Paper Focus: A comparison of the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania disaster to a student’s choice modern day disaster with primary emphasis on applicable psychology of disaster concepts relevant to each disaster. Resource documents on the Lusitania disaster are located in the Resources folder on the classroom navigation screen.    The goal for this paper is the application of course knowledge to real world disaster events, rather than writing a history report. Descriptions of the two events being compared should be covered briefly and succinctly.  In this paper, compare the public’s reaction to a modern day (mid-20th century through 21st century current year) disaster of your choice (9/11, Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, the Pakistan/India earthquakes, the London Subway/Bus or Mumbai bombings, the Paris terrorist attacks, the Pakistan/India earthquakes) to public reaction to the Lusitania disaster; briefly describe your chosen disaster and the public’s reaction and then compare it to the public’s reaction to the Lusitania disaster; then identify three major psychology of disaster concepts and apply them to the public’s reactions to the two disasters. 

 A minimum of 5 sources are required, with at least 3 being scholarly publications such as journal articles or academic texts.