autumn 2019
SVF-3207 Resilience - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course


The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements


Course content

The course is about the concept of resilience, which is increasingly used as an umbrella concept in dealing with safety and security issues. The concept is applied to the different fields: societal/community, organizational, technological, ecological/environmental, economic, and psychological. The course is multidisciplinary, reaching from social sciences to engineering. A great part of the course is dedicated to critical infrastructure resilience.

Objectives of the course


  • The student has advanced knowledge within the historical, theoretical and methodological foundations of the concept of resilience, illustrated with many case studies in a multidisciplinary spirit.
  • The student has an in-depth knowledge of the existing literature on resilience.
  • With the help of case studies on different dimensions of resilience, the student has knowledge of the concrete application areas of the concept of resilience, and thereby has developed a critical understanding on how to formulate interesting research problems and questions in this field.
  • The student has  knowledge of the concept of critical infrastructure, and how resilience is related to it.



  • The student can critically analyse and apply the theoretical framework and methodological tools to do independent research on resilience, using qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative methods from social sciences, psychology, engineering, economics, or environmental sciences, or different combinations thereof.


General competence

  • The student has a basis to work independently in practical fields within communities, administration, institutions and companies where resilience management is becoming increasingly popular.
  • The student can apply its knowledge on advanced projects and contribute to innovation within the field.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures, group-work and self-studies.

The course is organized into 10 teaching sessions of 3 hour each.


5 hours written exam. Letter grade A - E, F fail.  Re-sit exam will be arranged early in the following semester for students that failed the regular exam or had documented legitimate absence.

Lectures and exam will be given in the English language. Exam to be answered in the English language.

Recommended reading/syllabus

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: SVF-3207
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet