Course Syllabus for

Gender, Disasters and Climate Risk
Genus, kris och klimatanpassning

VRS001F, 3 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2018
Decided by: Cintia Bertacchi Uvo
Date of establishment: 2018-09-19

General Information

Division: Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


Contributing to reducing disaster risks through a gender inclusive approach by offering pedagogical training to actors such as researchers and practitioners. bring together researchers and practitioners to facilitate dialogue, and co create knowledge and solutions, in devel-oping gender inclusive designs in response, recovery, and preparedness. explore tools that could be used to create and maintain gender secure environments. E.g. use of technology enhance capacities so that participants become agents for creating gender secure environment at their work places.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course is based on an interaction between theoretical perspectives with practical elements. At this course, we combine students at the Doctoral level with practitioners from various activities such as MSB, Swedish Armed Forces and the Red Cross. Both groups acquire theoretical knowledge and will jointly develop a fictional project plan to integrate gender into a project that is relevant to disaster reduction or climate change. These fictional projects, in turn, form the basis of student-led seminars where particularly important issues are addressed with the facilitation of teachers. It is developed on five themes. – Un packing Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Disaster and Climate risks reduction: Perspec-tives from the Scandinavia and South Asia. – The question of gender in “Building back better” and “Climate smart”. – Gender, Power and Politics in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. – Gender and Participation: Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. – Gender and research: Feminist research in relation to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster risk reduction.

Course Literature

The course will involve peer reviewing of the papers handed over by the students. It will be reviewed by a senior reseacher and a fellow particpant.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises, self-study literature review. Each session is planned to foster interaction between the participants and the speakers, as well as, interaction between participants through group exercises.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Seminars given by participants, miscellaneous. Written group project, approved portfolio with assignments, and participation throughout the whole week.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Guarantee for PhD students at the Department of Risk Management and Social Security or other relevant postgraduate studies at recognized universities. For other places, priority is given primarily to students from.
Assumed prior knowledge: An interest in gender, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation issues.
Selection criteria: A short motivation letter stating interest in gender diversity issues.

Further Information

To apply, send your motivation letters to phu_ Course Incharge: Professor Misse Wester, Divsion of Risk Manangement and Societal Safety Course Coordinator: Phu Doma Lama, Phd candidate, Division of Risk Manangement and Societal Safety.

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