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Disaster Cycle Research Paper (150 points).
RESEARCH TOPIC:
2011 East African Drought
Throughout the course, you will be exploring the phases of disaster in a variety of contexts. Following the format provided in Chapter 4 of Women and Disasters, you will write an 8-12 page research paper on a disaster of your choice outlining the nine disaster phases as discussed in this course through a gendered and intersectional
lens according to the following criteria:
focuses on sociology, psychology, gender studies, and disaster studies.

BOOK: Phillips, B.D. & Morrow, B.H. (2008). Women and disasters: From theory to practice. Philadelphia, PA:
Xlibris.
Additional reading on Blackboard in the Learning Modules.
Assessment Points
Introduction
One paragraph highlighting the importance of examining this particular disaster in the context of gender and intersectional identities with in the disaster cycle, including a thesis statement
10 Points
Background and History
Summary of the disaster, including: type of disaster; date; location/region; scope of disaster; mortality; number of people affected/displaced/injured
Pertinent information of gendered politics in this particular area that will help to understand vulnerability before, during, and after the disaster
20 points
Disaster Cycle
At least one paragraph
addressing each stage in the disaster cycle (total of at least 8) as it relates to gender and other identities
Exposure to risk; Risk perception; Preparedness behavior; Warning communication and response; Physical impacts; Psychological impacts; Emergency response; Recovery and reconstruction (these two can be together or separate
If there is limited information in any section, explain why this may be the case and how it can remedied in the future
80 points
Conclusion
One to two paragraphs to summarize findings, lessons learned, and ideas for improvement and growth
10 points
Formatting
Written in APA format, 1 margins, 12 point Times New Roman, with a Title and References Pages according to APA Guidelines (not included in your total page count)
Headers used to separate sections of paper
In-text citations in APA format
10 points
Organization
Paper is organized, clearly written, with no spelling or grammatical errors
10 points
Resources
Utilizes a minimum of 10 scholarly resources (at least half must be sources not included in course materials)
10 points