Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: RH4. Course coordinator: Associate senior lecturer Marcus Abrahamsson,, Fire Safety Engineering. Prerequisites: Minimum 120 study points. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 12. The number of participants is limited to 40 Selection criteria: Credits remaining for the degree. Assessment: The examination is based upon an assessment of a written individual report in which the students present their risk reduction and preparedness measures in a given case, as well as their reflections around issues raised by the course management regarding the process. Home page:


Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course is focused on providing insight into various measures available for risk reduction and approaches to assessing and evaluating their effectiveness. Attention is given to principles of disaster preparedness and challenges related to such activities. A central part of the course is the case which involves analysing and evaluating various risk reduction and preparedness measures in a city in Tajikistan (or other suitable city). The students will work with the case throughout the course.

Teaching methods used in the course: Case studies; Lectures on research in the field of risk reduction and preparedness; Lectures on systems and organisations in society for dealing with issues of risk reduction and preparedness; Class-room sessions with analytical discussions on risk reduction and preparedness issues; Literature seminars.

Abrahamsson, M., Johansson, H., Fredholm, L., Eriksson, K. & Jacobsson, A. Analytical input to emergency preparedness planning at the municipal level. Paper presented at TIEMS 2007 Conference, Trogir, Croatia, 2007.
Alexander, D. Towards the development of a standard in emergency planning. Disaster Prevention and Management, vol. 14, no 2, Emerald, 2005.
Buckle, P. Re-defining community and vulnerability in the context of emergency management. Paper presented at Disaster Management: Crisis and Opportunity: Hazard Management and Disaster Preparedness in Australasia and the Pacific Region Conference, James Cook University, Centre for Disaster Studies, Nov 1-4, 1998, Cairns, Queensland, 1998.
Coppola, D. P. Introduction to International Disaster Management, Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann (Elsevier), 2007.
Choularton, R. Contingency planning and humanitarian action - A review of practice, No.59, Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN), London: Overseas Development Institute, 2007.
Enander, A. Human needs and behaviour in the event of emergencies and social crises. In Fredholm, L. & Göransson, A.-L. (eds.) Emergency Response Management in Today’s Complex Society. Swedish Rescue Services Agency, Karlstad, Sweden, 2008.
McConnell, A. & Drennan, L. Mission Impossible? Planning and Preparing for Crisis. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol. 14, no 2, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2006.
Perry, R.W. & Lindell, M.K.Preparedness for Emergency Response: Guidelines for the Emergency Planning. Disasters, vol. 27, no 4, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2003.
Quarantelli, E. L. Major criteria for judging disaster planning and managing and their applicability in developing societies. Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA, 1998.