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290160 VU Risk and Vulnerability Assessment to Climate Change (2018W)

From concept to application

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

Friday 23.11. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 30.11. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 07.12. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 14.12. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 11.01. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 18.01. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course, the interests and requirements to carry out a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment in the context of climate change will be discussed.
Indeed, in this current context of climatic change, more and more governments and institutions wish to know more about the situation of the population 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 give the knowledge base necessary to design and implement such assessment as well as understand the political and economic stakes behind.
This course will combine didactic lectures and hands-on sessions. International examples will be used.
Dr. Marion Borderon worked in several countries (mainly North and Sub-Saharan Africa region) with different institutions to help them implement a vulnerability assessment to climate change. She has notably worked with the GIZ (Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in several projects responsible for the design and implementation of such assessment in the field of climate change adaptation.

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” 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

No minimum requirements.

Examination topics

In class presentation (35%) and term paper (45%) will be marked individually as well as session preparation and regular attendance (20%). Assignments have to be passed individually. An assignment is passed with a minimum grade of 4.
Grading scheme:
100 - 86 % - grade 1
85 - 71 % - grade 2
70 - 56 % - grade 3
55 - 41 % - grade 4
40 - 0 % - grade 5

Reading list

The literature will be announced in the course.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S1-PI-f) (MG-S3-PI.f) (MG-S4-PI.f) (MG-S6-PI-f) (MG-W5-PI) (L2-b3) (L2-b-zLV) (MA UF GW 02)

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