Disaster Law and Policy

Course content

The objective of the course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the central legal and political issues surrounding disaster management. Ranging from case-based national law and policy-issues to global issues.
The course is divided in four overall sections, each consisting of three elements, and an exam.

Learning outcome


  • basic understanding of what a disaster is.
  • ability to provide an overview of central concepts applied in disaster research.



  • able to analyse present disaster regulation and identify potential shortcomings
  • able to account for the central problems in field across disaster management phases.
  • able to identify a suitable academic problem



  • able to critically reflect upon present law’s effect for disaster risk
  • divise and properly communicate the findings of a small research paper

The course will be based on case-based participatory-learning principles, focusing on student-driven discussions, presentations and activism.
The modus operandi, see above, is structured around student presentations, and recurring discussions. The students change between the roles as presenters, designated reviewers and critical audience throughout the course.

Advanced oral and written English

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The course is very much based on feed-back both individual, collectively and through peers. The aim is to get the students to start writing early in the course, and insure continuous feed-back on the products made by the students.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min.
Oral exam based on a synopsis, 20 minutes
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 178,25
  • English
  • 206,25