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Reconstruction after Crises and Disasters, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Återuppbyggnad efter kriser och katastrofer

This syllabus is valid: 2020-06-08 valid to 2020-06-14 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2KG055

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Human Geography: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Political Science: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, F Insufficient

Responsible department: Department of Geography

Revised by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2020-06-11


The course provides in-depth knowledge of how planning and development work can contribute to reducing the vulnerability of society, with emphasis on sustainability and risk management.  The course provides an orientation on various types of extreme events, such as natural disasters, technical accidents, economic crises, diseases/pandemics, social unrest and conflicts. For these, both causes and consequences are highlighted. Particular attention is paid to risks related to climate change. A point of departure is the UN's goals in Agenda 2030. Nevertheless, the focus is on analyzing potential risks from a systems perspective and preventing future accidents. The latter can be done through planning and promoting sustainable development. In more extreme cases, it can be about reconstruction and efforts to create more resilient societal structures, for example after large natural disasters or large-scale armed conflicts. Scientific studies and relevant planning tools are presented continuously during the course. Examples are taken from both local and national (i.e, mainly Swedish) contexts as well as international contexts, such as developing countries in the Global South.


Required Knowledge

Univ: 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS of which in a major field of subject.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6


Valid from: 2020 week 26

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