AAR4820 - Reflections and Implications


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 100/100

Course content

This course introduces and critically examines theories, concepts and understandings relating to urban development and resilience. The course begins by examining the nature of urban vulnerability. It looks at what constitutes basic needs, and how meeting basic needs alone is not enough for a sustainable livelihood. It explores how poorer communities build up and manage tangible and intangible assets, and how assets are used both to build capabilities and to reduce vulnerability to shocks and stresses.

The nature of governance is examined, and crucially how poorer people’s access to resources are helped or hindered by systems of control and relative discrimination, including gender differences and the significance of rights based approaches.

The course is structured around an approach where people are placed in the centre. With this as the starting point, the course explores programming approaches commonly used in urban development and resilience programmes.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an awareness of specific subjects and issues examined in the course
2. Critically apply appropriate research methods
3. Synthesise and present complex information in creative ways

Learning methods and activities

The course is highly participatory, comprising group work, seminars and readings.

Further on evaluation

You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic bachelor courses in a relevant field. The course must be taken together with courses AAR4525 Urban Action Planning and AAR4816 Theory and Method

Course materials

Materials will be identified by students themselves


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Report

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.