VBRN35, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)
Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2016-03-31
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
- Provide the students with knowledge and skills to design and
review projects for the development of other stakeholders’
capacity at individual, organisational and institutional level for
disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.
- Provide a foundation for students interested in the links
between research in capacity development and disaster risk
management and climate change adaptation.
Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concept of
capacity and what constitutes capacity development, with reference
to different levels and types of capacity.
- demonstrate understanding of key elements for capacity
development to promote societal and community resilience.
Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must
- demonstrate the ability to assess capacity development needs
with the support of capacity development guidance, recommendations
and best practise.
- demonstrate the ability to design and review capacity
development projects, with considerations to human conditions and
needs and to societal goals for economical, social and ecological
- demonstrate the ability to integrate theory and knowledge about
capacity development and change processes critically and
systematically into project management, even with limited
- demonstrate the ability to present and discuss his or her
conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based
in speech and writing to different audiences in both national and
- demonstrate the ability to work constructively in a team and
communicate effectively with people from various disciplines.
Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must
- demonstrate the ability to reflect upon ones approach to and
role in capacity development as well as insight into the
possibilities and limitations of capacity development and project
management, involved methods and tools and the responsibility of
the individual for how it is used.
- demonstrate the ability to reflect on societal and ethical
issues concerning capacity development.
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
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.
- Admitted to the Master's Programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation or to the Programme Risk Management and Safety Engineering or have a minimum of 150 hp from a five-year engineering programme or from the Fire Safety Engineering Programme at LTH.
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.
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- Becker, P. & Abrahamsson, M.: Designing capacity development for disaster risk management: A logical framework approach. Karlstad and Stockholm: MSB., 2012.
- Bolger, J.: Why what and how of capacity development. CIDA, 2000.
- CADRI: Basics of capacity development for disaster risk reduction. Geneva: Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative., 2011.
- OECD/DAC: The challenge of capacity development - working towards good practice. Paris: OECD/Development Assistance Committee, 2005.
- OECD: Paris declaration on aid effectiveness: Ownership, harmonisation, alignment, results and mutual accountability. Paris: OECD, 2005.
- Schulz, K., Gustafsson, I., & Illes, E.: Manual for capacity development. Stockholm: Sida., 2005.
- Bakewell, O. & Garbutt, A.: The use and abuse of the logical framework approach. Stockholm: Sida, 2005.
- Davies, R: Scale, complexity and the representation of theories of change. SAGE, 2004.
- DFID: How to note on capacity building in research. London: DFID, 2010.
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- Green, D: What does a theory of change look like?. Oxford: Oxfarm, 2011.
- UNISDR: Hyogo framework for action 2005-2015: Building the sesilience of nations and communities to disasters. Geneva: United Nations, 2005.
- Watson, D: Combining the best of two worlds in monitoring and evaluation of capacity development. London, Washington, DC: Earthscan, 2010.
- Baser, H. & Morgan, P.: Capacity, change and performance. Maastricht: ECDPM, European Centre for Development Policy Management, 2008.
- Hagelsteen, M. Becker, P. : Challenging disparities in capacity development for disaster risk reduction. Elsevier, 2013.
- Otoo, S., Agapitova, N. & Behrens, J.: The capacity development results framework: A strategic and results-oriented approach to learning for capacity development. Washington, DC: World Bank Institute, 2009.
- Pearson, J.: How to. LenCD Learning Package on Capacity Development, Part 2. LenCD, 2011.
- Scott, Z., Few, R., Leavy, J., Tarazona, M. & Wooster, K.: Strategic research into national and local capacity building for disaster risk management. Oxford: Oxford Policy Management, 2014.
- Snowden, D. J. & Boone, M. E.: A leader's framework for decision making. Harvard Business School Corporation, 2007.
- Ubels, J., Acquaye-Baddoo, N.-A. & Fowler, A.: Capacity development in practice. London, Washinton, DC: Earthscan, 2010.
- UNDP: Capacity development: A UNDP primer. New York: UNDP, 2009.
Contact and other information
Course coordinator: Magnus Hagelsten, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.