AAR5220 - Urban Resilience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Report
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 1/2
Assignment 1/2

Course content

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of building urban resilience. The course is in two parts: part one (practice) concerns undertaking a resilience assessment, using Trondheim as a case study. Students will work in teams using participatory assessment tools. The assessment involves identifying the main hazards, threats, vulnerabilities, capacities and actors (from government, civil society and emergency services) in Trondheim, followed by the development of ‘resilience action plans’ for presentation to key actors.

The second part of the course (theory) reviews the concepts, approaches and methodological understandings that underpin the resilience approach, as well as the application of resilience by different urban actors across the world. The course will critically examine the main features that help to build resilient urban societies.

Learning outcome

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

1. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of concepts of resilience
2. Demonstrate an ability to apply concepts within resilience within vulnerable urban societies
3. Apply participatory information gathering techniques to urban contexts

Learning methods and activities

Part one involves and intensive three week course where students are based in Trondheim city. Part two comprises lectures, group work and case studies.

Further on evaluation

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

Required previous knowledge

Not applicable

Course materials

ADPC (2010). Urban Governance and Community Resilience Guide: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction. USAID/ADPC. Bangkok. Available at: http://www.adpc.net/v2007/programs/udrm/promise/INFORMATION%20RESOURCES/Guidebooks/downloads/guidebook04_lowres.pdf

ADPC (2013) Integrating Disaster Risk Management into Urban Management. Disaster Risk Management Practitioner’s Handbook Series. Bangkok. Available at: http://www.adpc.net/2012/download/DRM-Handbook/ADPC%20DRM%20Practitioners%20Handbook%20-%20Urban%20Management.pdf

ALNAP urban humanitarian response portal http://www.urban-response.org/

Cities on the brink http://www.theguardian.com/cities/series/cities-back-from-the-brink

Comfort L, Boin A and Demchak C, Eds, (2010) Designing resilience. Preparing for extreme events. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh
Rockefeller Foundation 100 resilient cities: http://www.100resilientcities.org/

UN-Habitat http://unhabitat.org/

World Bank (2011) Urban risk assessments. An approach for understanding disaster and climate risk in cities. Urban Development and Local Government Unit Finance, Economics and Urban Department. World Bank. Washington. Available at: www.citiesalliance.org/sites/citiesalliance.org/files/UnderstandingUrbanRisk8-4-2011web.pdf


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Report

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 1/2
Spring ORD Approved report 1/2
  • * 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.