The University of Lynchburg is offering one of its 2020 Summer School courses, INTL 398: Navigating the Threat of Pandemics — Security and Safety Responses, to the community at a discounted rate of $250 (no credit). The deadline to register is June 25.
While summer school sessions run May 18 through July 17, this final, third session will take place June 29 to July 17. The regular rate for the three-credit course (available for all three sessions) is $555 per credit hour, or $1,665.
The class, taught online by Dr. David Richards, chair of international relations and political science, examines the national and global response to recent epidemics, such as Ebola, Sars, and H1N1. At the end of the course, students will look at how the U.S. government has addressed COVID-19.
“At a basic level, what are the various government agencies that handle events like this, and what are the policy choices states can make?” Richards said when introducing his class in April. “But, at a more analytical level, we will address the concept of risk assessment, that is, how do governments decide what to do based on how much risk is involved? …
“Students will learn that it’s not easy to make these choices, especially when there is a time limit and decisions are life and death. I also hope they learn that, while these are hard choices, in the end, we, governments, do have to make a choice. And you base that choice on evidence and data that you gather.”
Register here for INTL 398 by June 25.