Climate Resilient Development (701M9)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

On this module, you’ll explore approaches and tools underpinning the concept of climate resilient development, as well as its applications in policy and practice.

The module balances theoretical debates with practical case study examples from development policy and practice. You’ll be taught by faculty members from the Institute of Development Studies and the Department of Geography. You’ll relate development ussues to climate change challenges. Topics covered include:

  • downscaling global climate data and dealing with uncertainty
  • impact modelling and sectoral planning approaches
  • seasonal forecasts and early warning
  • conceptual insights: vulnerability, risk, uncertainty and resilience
  • national and international policy contexts
  • community-based adaptation (CBA) and national adaptation planning
  • climate change, migration and conflict
  • disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • mainstreaming and organisational change
  • adaptation delivery instruments
  • economics of adaptation and adaptation finance
  • low-carbon climate resilient development (LCCRD).


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 47 hours of contact time and about 253 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.