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Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Netherlands
Date: 
16/03/15 to 27/03/15
Indicative Work Load: 56h
Duration: 2 weeks
Language of Instruction: English
Application Deadline: March 10, 2015
Cost: Free

Climate Resilient Urban Development (E-Learning Course)

About the Course

Cities are responsible for a high share of greenhouse gas emissions released in the atmosphere and are facing multiple climate induced impacts that threat urban populations and assets.
The Climate Resilient Urban Development module lays the foundation for understanding how cities’ exposure and sensitivity to climate change and how they manage the impacts of climate change in the face of growing uncertainty. It does so by introducing the basic concepts on and sound examples of urban resilience and adaptation and using case studies in different cities. This module broadens the discussion on building urban resilience by engaging target learners in applying their knowledge and practicing their decision making skills in a simulated exercise.

In line with a climate resilient urban development – or development that minimizes the harm caused by climate impacts, while maximizing the many human development opportunities presented by a more resilient future, we ask: what are the connections between climate vulnerability, development and resilience? What approaches have been developed to understand adaptation and make it operational? How are these approaches working? Which policies and measures should be introduced to address all dimensions of climate resilient urban development? Finally how to choose among different adaptation measures and other sustainability objectives?

Course Objectives

The course aims to enable participants to (1) recognize climate change impacts in developing and developed cities and the linkages of climate change with development goals and resilience (2) acquire skills to characterize the different ways in which cities are mitigating their exposure to climate change or adapting to its impacts, and (3) practice the main components of planning for climate change through targeted exercises in diverse city contexts.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to describe and reflect critically on the concepts of climate resilience, vulnerability and adaptation. They will develop analytical understanding of the planning for climate change cycle, of strategies for urban climate resilience and climate resilient development pathways. Participants should be able to distinguish and analyze the causes of vulnerability in diverse city contexts and identify and prioritize adaptation actions.

Admission Requirements 

Interested students should apply through the IHS online registration system: www.ihs.nl/login
Students are required to submit:

  • a motivation letter 
  • copy of transcript of records
  • curriculum vitae , and if available,
  • proof of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL scores, or certificate showing that the programme attended was taught in English ).


For this course, participants have to make sure they have a reliable internet connection. Also, ensure that you have time for studying the materials, discuss the topics with your classmates, and demonstrate your understanding of the concepts through certain outputs.  

Frequently Asked Questions

• For whom?
The primary target participants for this e-learning course are (1) undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year); (2) college graduates; and (3) post graduate students (Master’s degree, diploma) in the fields of urban planning, environmental science, and other related disciplines – and wishes to deepen their knowledge and understanding on climate resilient urban development.

• What can I get from completing this e-learning course?

At the end of the course, students who have successfully attended the e-learning course will get a Certificate of Completion . A Certificate of Attendance will also be provided to students who participated in at least 50% of the course.

As the e-learning course is free, this enhances access to education material on climate resilient urban development in a more time flexible and cost effective manner. Course participants will have access to all materials as well as participation on relevant exercises and tools on planning for climate resilient urban development.

• What are the learning and teaching methods?

The e-learning course offers a combination of self-paced and facilitated learning approaches through Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment. The course offers a series of lectures in combination with expert tutorials, peer discussions, scheduled (online) interactions, and literature references. Learning methods include presentations, recorded lectures, case studies, group work, exercises, and tools for decision making.