Special Topic: The Sociology of Disasters


Disasters are increasing in scale, cost, frequency and severity. This course examines their causes and consequences and considers their future avoidance. In doing so it draws on social theory, science and technology studies and broad literatures on disaster.

Topics include: the risk society thesis, the social patterning of disasters and the political economy of disasters (disaster capitalism).   

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline. 
Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Professor Steve Matthewman


SOCIOL 706: 30 points