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Learning Objectives

Disasters generate tremendous damage to e.g. life and health, property/infrastructure and the environment as well as causes major disruntions in the functioning of society at all levels every year around the globe. The course engages with strategies and tools for addressing the risk of potential, as well as effects of actual, disasters striking various parts of our society. Central concepts related to managing disasters before, during and after actual events are introduced and discussed.


Session 1 Course intro – central concepts
Session 2 Hazards and processes of change
Session 3 A framework for Disaster Risk Management
Session 4 A framework for Disaster Risk Management
Session 5 Risk assessment
Session 6 Risk assessment
Session 7 Risk reduction
Session 8 Risk reduction
Session 9 Preparedness planning
Session 10 Analytic input to preparedness planning
Session 11 Peoples needs and behaviours in disasters
Session 12 Scenario/contingency planning


The course is presented as distinct stand-alone modules that complete each other. The instructor will circulate the presentation and material used in class after each class session.


Introduction to International Disaster Risk Management, Damon Coppola, (4th edition), 2021, Butterworth-Heinemann.

Teaching methods

The material will be covered using a mix of lectures, class discussions, and written reflections. Regular class attendance and active participation are expected, as they will help achieve the learning goals and contribute to an overall positive learning environment.

Exam Rules

The grading will be based on the following: keep a class journal (35%), final exam (50%), and class participation (15%).
Non-attending students (more than 20% absence) will receive class material and directly take the final exam.
In case students reject their final exam score, they can retake the exam at a later date. In this case all previous scores from the class journal and the tests are voided. The score the student gets from the retake of the final becomes their course grade.