Risk and Vulnerability Assessment RSK4105 


Period 4A
Start Date 5 Feb 2024
End Date 8 Mar 2024
ECTS credits 4
Instruction language             English
Coordinator Valerie Graw, Edwards Sparkes and Eleonora Nillesen
Teaching methods Assignments; Lectures; Work in (sub)groups; Presentations
Assessment methods              Written exam, Final paper; Presentation 
Keywords                     Disaster risk mapping and trend analysis; key concepts, theories and frameworks related to disaster risks and vulnerability; multi-scale vulnerability and risk assessment at different levels; climate change and the global development agenda


Full course description

This course serves as a general introductory course to the Risk and Vulnerability Specialisation. Students will be introduced to key concepts, frameworks and empirical methods to assess risk and vulnerability in the context of climate change and natural hazards. A major part of the course is dedicated to introducing students to GIS-based (Geographical Information Systems) methods for vulnerability and risk mapping through hands-on GIS-based workshops using geospatial data.

Course objectives

  • Comprehend and interpret key definitions and conceptual frameworks related to risk and vulnerability and its assessment, 
  • Conduct GIS-based data analysis 
  • Analyse hazardous and vulnerable situations using both GIS techniques and conceptual frameworks 
  • Connect vulnerability and risk assessment to policy developments and international agreements 
  • Prepare a GIS- based risk map for individual case studies
  • Complete a well-structured report with proper references and  critical analysis




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