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Understanding Vulnerability and Resilience

Examine how vulnerable groups can become more resilient.

Understanding Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

What are the barriers to resilience?

This course seeks to explain what it means to be resilient against disasters.

During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore community resilience and strategies for becoming more resilient.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to risk, vulnerability and resilience and how they relate
  • How disaster risk reduction and disaster management effect vulnerability and resilience
  • Examples of risks that are experienced around the globe

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe risk vulnerability and resilience
  • Assess different risks that are experienced globally
  • Develop an understanding of the effect of disaster risk reduction on risk and vulnerability
  • Explore how policies improve resilience
  • Explain resilience at different levels

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at individuals looking to gain an understanding of disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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