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290016 SE Bachelorseminar Human Geography: Climate Change Adaption: Perspectives from Human Geography (2019W)

(auch für Lehramtsstudierende im Diplomstudium)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 14.11. 08:30 - 11:45 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 21.11. 08:30 - 11:45 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 09.01. 08:30 - 11:45 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 16.01. 08:30 - 11:45 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 23.01. 08:30 - 11:45 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 30.01. 08:30 - 11:45 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course deals with the interests and requirements to carry out a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment in the context of climate change. Indeed, in the era of climatic change, more and more governments and institutions wish to know better about the situation of the populations or regions they are in charge. What is at risk, which sectors are the most exposed to climate change (CC), what are the main risks caused by CC, who is exposed to, how could we avoid, cope with risks, adapt?
Several conceptual frameworks have been developed recently to help to reply to these questions. The goal of the course is to discuss the knowledge base necessary to design and implement such assessment as well as to understand the political and economic stakes of the field of climate change adaptation. This course will combine didactic lectures and hands-on sessions. International examples - mainly in the Global South - will be used.

Assessment and permitted materials

The working methods used in the seminar will include joint analyses and discussions of relevant academic materials, own research of scientific sources, in class presentation of research results, and the writing of a term paper. Cooperative methods of working will be used whenever adequate and possible. The manual, handbook published by GIZ “The Vulnerability Sourcebook” (available online) will be a key reference used during the course.
Thus, the following requirements must be fulfilled:
• regular attendance and active participation during the sessions
• session preparation
• in-class presentation
• writing of a short term paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance in at least 80% of the course sessions. In the case of illnesses that are confirmed by a doctor's note, additional absenteeism can be compensated by additional written assignments.
In class presentation (35%) and term paper (45%) will be marked individually as well as session preparation (20%). Assignments have to be passed individually. An assignment is passed with a minimum grade of 4.
Grading scheme:
100 - 87,5 % - grade 1
87,5 - 75 % - grade 2
75 - 62,5 % - grade 3
62,5 - 50 % - grade 4
less than 50% - grade 5

Examination topics

The examination will encompass the work items as outlined in the course requirements.

Reading list

All texts for compulsory readings can be downloaded in the Moodle course. Additional literature research will be mandatory. For selected literature, see below:
Fritzsche, K., Schneiderbauer, S., Bubeck, P., Kienberger, S., Buth, M., Zebisch, M., & Kahlenborn, W. (2014). The Vulnerability Sourcebook: Concept and guidelines for standardised vulnerability assessments. Available online
GIZ 2017. Risk Supplement to the Vulnerability Sourcebook. Guidance on how to apply the Vulnerability Sourcebook’s approach with the new IPCC AR5 concept of climate risk. Germany: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). Available online
Ford, J. D., Pearce, T., McDowell, G., Berrang-Ford, L., Sayles, J. S., & Belfer, E. (2018). Vulnerability and its discontents: the past, present, and future of climate change vulnerability research. Climatic change, 151(2), 189-203.
De Sherbinin, A., Bukvic, A., Rohat, G., Gall, M., McCusker, B., Preston, B., ... & Wilhelmi, O. (2019). Climate vulnerability mapping: A systematic review and future prospects. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 10(5), e600.

Association in the course directory

(BA GG 7.1) (L2-b4, L2-b-zSE) (BA UF GW 16)

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