Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development (SAM550)
This course focuses on the complex relationship between climate change, societal safety and sustainable development. Particular emphasis is put on understanding dilemmas of global food, water, energy and environmental security within the constraints of sustainable development. The course highlights what societal safety and sustainable development entail and how disaster risk and (un)sustainable development mutually affect each other.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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It is expected that students after completing the course will have attained the following knowledge, skills and general competencies:
- of key concepts in societal safety and security, including concepts of risk, vulnerability, resilience, and the difference between hazards and disasters.
- of the meaning of new security referents, more specifically food, water, energy and environmental security, including climate security.
- of how disaster resilience and sustainable development, or lack thereof, mutually influence each other
- of key dilemmas, uncertainties and challenges related to societal safety, disaster risk and sustainable development, particularly in light of the food, water, energy and environmental security nexus.
- of how to analyze risks and hazards from a disaster risk reduction (DRR) perspective
- Students should be able to reflect critically on prevailing paradigms in societal safety and DRR, with the aim of developing a greater appreciation of how disaster research can be analyzed and problematized by drawing on such worldviews
- Students should be able to apply relevant DRR tools and frameworks to analyze the relationship between hazards, vulnerability, exposure and disasters
- Students should be able to approach issues of food, water, energy and environmental security from a nexus perspective, and see this in relation to societal safety and sustainable development
- Students should develop an appreciation of how energy, energy transitions, and energy security relates to issues of food, water and environmental security, with important implications for sustainable development and societal safety
- Students should become better positioned to engage critically in discussions, reports and projects concerning hazards, risks and causes of disasters
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|Group project||1/1||Letter grades|
Course coordinator:Reidar Staupe-Delgado
Head of Department:Tore Markeset
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|Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development (MSA265_1)||10|