Human Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability

Course content

This course investigates how human societies adapt to climate change and variability. Central concepts and theories in current adaptation research are presented and discussed using case studies from different parts of the world. In doing so central actors, policies and management strategies are analysed. This includes private and public stakeholders and institutions, and adaptation strategies and initiatives at different geographical scale (local, regional, national, and supranational).

Education

MSc Programme in Climate Change
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to give a good understanding of the complexity of human adaptation to climate change and variability across a range of spatial and temporal scales - and including insights from natural, technical and social science, as well as ethical elements.

After completing the course the student will have obtained

knowledge of:

  • Central theories and methods of adaptation to climate change and variability – including the concepts of vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity.
  • Central constraints and possibilities related to the adaptive capacity of human beings and societies, at different spatial and temporal scales.
  • How the diversity of contexts (socio-economic, political, institutional, and bio-physical) influence the adaptive capacity of communities, cities and nations across the world.

 

skills in:

  • Describing central theories and concepts related to adaptation to climate change and variability.
  • Selecting relevant theories and approaches to understand current and potential adaptation to climate change and variability at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
  • Comparing adaptation across different contexts (socio-economic, political, institutional, and bio-physical) and also develop generic insights based on such comparisons.
  • Presenting and discussing, in oral and written form, complex issues involving both natural, technical and social science, as well as ethical elements.

 

have competences to:

  • Critically assess current climate change adaptation strategies and future options at different spatial and temporal scales - using knowledge from a variety of scientific disciplines.
  • Analyse the effects of the specific context (socio-economic, political, institutional, and bio-physical) on the possibilities and constraints for adaptation to climate change and variability.
  • Evaluate different policy instruments available to facilitate adaptation to climate change and variability.

Lectures, student presentations, group discussions, and excursion.

Please see Absalon.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment, during course
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 21
  • Class Seminar
  • 21
  • Guidance
  • 8
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Exam Preparation
  • 50
  • Excursions
  • 6
  • English
  • 206