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Critical Issues in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation
VRSN55, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)
Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2021-04-14
Compulsory for: MKAT2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English
The course aims to provide students with understanding of
contemporary critical issues that affect disaster risk management
and climate change adaptation, as well as skills and approaches to
independently consider and communicate them. The course builds on
previous knowledge and abilities from one or several subject areas
that the students have developed through previous courses on
Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must
• be able to explain particular critical issues in disaster
risk management and climate change adaptation from different and
sometimes incompatible perspectives.
• be able to actively relate different critical issues to each
Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must
• be able to critically and systematically integrate knowledge
while analysing and addressing critical issues that affect disaster
risk management and climate change adaptation even with limited
• be able to present and discuss various critical issues both
orally and in writing.
Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must
• be able to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of
particular critical issues in disaster risk management and climate
• be able to reflect on her/his own need for further knowledge
concerning critical issues.
The course is structured in modules focusing on different
central groupings of critical issues that affect disaster risk
management and climate adaptation, now and for the future. For
instance, the nexus of conflict, disaster, and global change;
inequality, intersectionality, and power; colonial legacies,
resistance to facts, and polarization; and displacement,
protection, and the erosion of international law. Students use a
smorgasbord of lectures, literature and online mini-lectures and
films—and the course demands that they actively and independently
seek additional material—to inform their own work, their peer
review of other students’ work, and preparations for student-led
seminars where particularly important issues are addressed,
facilitated by teachers.
Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written individual paper, approved portfolio of module assignments, and participation in compulsory seminars.
The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.
Code: 0121. Name: Portfolio.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved portfolio.
Code: 0221. Name: Seminars.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved active participation on obligatory seminars.
Code: 0321. Name: Course Paper.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Approved written course paper.
- Enrolled on the Master’s programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation
Assumed prior knowledge: VRSN01 Societal Resilience, VRSN05 Foundations for Risk Assessment and Management, VRSN15 Climate Smart Risk Reducation, VRSN50 Risk Perception, Communication and Human Behavior
The number of participants is limited to: No
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- Easterly, W.: The white man’s burden: Why the west’s efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Easterly, W.: The White Man’s Burden. The Lancet, 367(9528), 2060, 2006.
- Eriksen, S. H., Nightingale, A. J., & Eakin, H. C.: Reframing adaptation: The political nature of climate change adaptation. Global Environmental Change, 35, 523–533, 2015.
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- Ferris, E., & Bergmann, J.: Soft law, migration and climate change governance. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 8(1), 6–29. https://doi.org/10.4337/jhre.2017.01.01, 2017.
- Gluckman, P., & Wilsdon, J.: From paradox to principles: Where next for scientific advice to governments?. Palgrave Communications, 2, 1–4, 2016.
- Hagelsteen, M., & Becker, P.: Systemic problems of capacity development for disaster risk reduction in a complex, uncertain, dynamic, and ambiguous world. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 36, 101102, 2019.
- Hsiang, S. M., Burke, M., & Miguel, E.: Quantifying the influence of climate on human conflict. Science, 341, 1235367. (Links to an external site.), 2013.
- Johnson, D., & Levin, S. A.: The tragedy of cognition: Psychological biases and environmental inaction. Current Science, 97, 1593–1603, 2009.
- Kjaerum, M.: Human rights: Early days or coming to an end?. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 36(4), 311–318, 2018.
- Klintman, M.: Knowledge resistance: How we avoid insight from others. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019.
- Lund Schlamovitz, J., & Becker, P: Differentiated vulnerabilities and capacities for adaptation to water shortage in Gaborone, Botswana. International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2020.1756752, 2020.
- Sachs, J. D.: How to help the poor: Piecemeal progress or strategic plans?. The Lancet, 367(9519), 1309–1310, 2006.
- Schaar, J.: The relationship between climate change and violent conflict. Stockholm: Sida, 2018.
- UNDP: Supporting Capacity Development in Conflict and Fragile Contexts. New York: UNDP, 2012.
- Bolin, B., & Kurtz, L. C.: Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Disaster Vulnerability. In Handbook of Disaster Research: Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research (pp. 181-203). Cham: Springer, 2018.
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- Maldonado, J. K., Shearer, C., Bronen, R., Peterson, K., & Lazrus, H.: The impact of climate change on tribal communities in the US: displacement, relocation, and human rights, In J. K. Maldonado, B. Colombi, & R. Pandya (Eds.), Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States (pp. 93-106). Cham: Springer, 2013.
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Contact and other information
Course coordinator: Per Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information: This course aims to facilitate to develop understanding of contemporary critical issues that affect disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA)—e.g. the nexus of conflict, disaster, and global change; inequality, intersectionality, and power; colonial legacies, resistance to facts, and polarization; and displacement, protection, and the erosion of international law—as well as skills and approaches to independently consider and communicate them. The course ends with an individual course paper that allows the student to engage in and elaborate on whatever critical issues she/he consider interesting and important in relation to DRM and/or CCA.