Foundations of Societal Resilience


Course Objective

With this course, you gain specialist knowledge of and insight into
contemporary research questions regarding complex societal problems
(KU1) and societal resilience (KU2). You learn to analyse societal
problems and societal resilience employing knowledge from various
disciplines (AK6) and learn to reflect on different perspectives (JF9).
By discussing research presented in the course, you learn to evaluate
the scientific and societal relevance of research (JF10). In the
assignments, you learn to present research results and interpretations
in a clear manner (C13) and process insights from peers in your team

Course Content

Societal resilience refers to responses and strategies at the
individual, group, institutional and societal level, that are innovative
and effective and that contribute to ‘a better world’. A resilient
society not only tries to respond to disruption and crisis by trying to
bring the system back into balance, but rather tries to develop
solutions that bring a system in a new state that is capable of dealing
with present and future challenges. In this course, you learn to
critically reflect on the concept of societal resilience. You will
reflect on the ways resilience has been conceptualized in different
disciplines and how the concept of resilience has been used to inform
viable solutions to the wicked problems that present day society faces.
You will read theory papers on resilience as well as empirical papers in
which individual, organizational and societal resilience is investigated
using both theoretical and empirical, and both quantitative and a
qualitative research approaches.

Teaching Methods

In this course we meet twice a week in interactive workshops. Meetings
last approximately 1 hours and 45 minutes with a 15-minute break. To
prepare each meeting, you read the literature and submit the assignment.
In the meeting, you discuss the assignments with each other and with the
teaching staff.

Method of Assessment

Assessment will take place through written assignments and an exam. The
course grade is based on an evaluation of the exam at the end of the
course (50%) and the final paper (50%).


See course manual.

Target Audience

Students Research Master Societal Resilience

General Information

Course Code S_FSR
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator prof. dr. R.H.F.P. Bekkers
Examiner prof. dr. R.H.F.P. Bekkers
Teaching Staff prof. dr. W.M. Wagner
dr. ir. F.K. Boersma
prof. dr. R.H.F.P. Bekkers

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group, Reading