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AL2511 Resilience Thinking in Sustainable Planning 7.5 credits

Welcome to the course Resilience thinking in sustainability planning!

 

The course is given within the Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Masters Program, as well as in the Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure Master Program, but all eligible students are welcome to register for the course.

After passing the course the student should be able to:

  1. explain and use central concepts in resilience thinking
  2. discuss how these central concepts relate to each other
  3. reflect on and critically discuss resilience thinking in general and in relation to sustainable planning in particular
  4. apply social-ecological resilience in a planning context
  5. present written work in a scientifically sound way
  6. work in a collaborative project setting

The course consists of two parts. The first part focuses on the theories and concepts underlying Resilience Thinking (social-ecological systems, ecosystems, the adaptive cycle, regime shifts and thresholds, resilience, adaptability, transformability). The second part is a practical application of resilience in the form of a Resilience Assessment exercise (group project work) in relation to planning.

We use lectures, literature seminars, a study visit, a home exam, and a group project to reach the learning objectives of the course. The seminars, the home exam, and the project work are the parts needed to complete the course.

The course literature and a detailed schedule will be posted on Canvas for those registered for the course.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AL2511 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course addresses different perspectives on social-ecological systems and their resilience, adaptability and transformability. The concepts are discussed in lectures, seminars and during the student's own studies of literature as well as in group work. We specifically analyze the concepts in relation to sustainable planning.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to:

1. explain and use central concepts in resilience thinking

2. discuss how these central concepts relate to each other

3. reflect on and critically discuss resilience thinking in general and in relation to sustainable planning in particular

4. apply social-ecological resilience in a planning context

5. present written work in a scientifically sound way

6. work in a collaborative project setting

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Degree programme students with at least 180 credits at KTH or Bachelor in other programmes as well as course "MJ1508 Ecology and environmental effects" or course "AG1137 Planning and control of urban and regional development" or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • PRO1 - Project Work, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Literature Seminar, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Home exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Profile picture Göran Finnveden

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AL2511

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Sara Borgström