Course syllabus

Capacity Development

VBRN35, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2016-03-31

General Information

Main field: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
Compulsory for: MKAT1
Elective for: BI4, RH4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Capacity development has been identified as the tool and process to substantially reduce disaster losses and creating sustainable development. Capacity development is here defined as a locally driven change process through which individuals, organisations and institutions obtain, strengthen, maintain and adapt their capacities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time and learn from their efforts.

Through lectures, literature seminars and exercises the course discusses theoretical approaches and challenges to capacity development, change processes and project management. The course also discusses different models how to analyse and assess capacity at various levels, and how to design and review capacity development projects i.e. project management. The course is to a large extent based on different case studies and real capacity development projects for disaster risk reduction from an international context, undertaken by governmental organisations, international Non-Governmental Organizations and the United Nations.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written individual course assignments and approved group project, reflection tasks to mandatory seminars and exercise. The group project shall be reported both orally and in writing.

Code: 0113. Name: Capacity Development.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Individual Paper
Code: 0213. Name: Group Assignment.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: Societal Resilience VRSN01
The number of participants is limited to: 35
Selection: Guaranteed admission for students at the Master's Programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation. Selection rules for the remaining places: priority is given to students firstly at the Programme Risk Management and Safety Engineering and secondly at the Fire Safety Engineering Programme at LTH. To distinguish between students from the same programme, number of credits and results on the programme will be used.
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 16.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Magnus Hagelsten,
Further information: Active participation in group work is mandatory. Each group member must be able to present and answer for the contents of the joint report. Members who do not meet the demands of active participation by the others, or disregard their obligations, can be replaced or failed by the examiner.