Course syllabus

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Societal Resilience

VRSN01, 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

demonstrate understanding of the main challenges to the safety and sustainability of society and the importance and utility of concepts of resilience in this context.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course is designed with particular focus on critical thinking in relation to societal safety and sustainability. It is structured in modules with a lecture and a seminar or roleplay designed to illuminate central concepts, questions, challenges and functions for societal resilience. The seminars and roleplay follow case studies from countries with different conditions and are based on literature, movies and case study material, as well as specific questions for reflection and dialog.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written individual course paper and approved portfolio of assignments to mandatory seminars. The portfolio examination also includes peer assessment.

Code: 0114. Name: Societal Resilience.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Course Paper
Code: 0214. Name: Individual Portfolio.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Portfolio of assignments


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 60
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.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBRN30

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Magnus Hagelsteen,