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Resilience, Adaptive Capacity and Climate Change

Explore community resilience in terms of complex adaptive systems and transformation.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

Explore the meaning of adaptive resilience in context of change and uncertainty

Resilience is not just what we do, it’s the way that we do it.

This short course explores the meaning of resilience in a community context. During the course, you’ll have a chance to look at resilience as a complex adaptive system, a dynamic state and a way of working.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the relationship between poverty, vulnerability, exposure to multiple hazards, and the relationship with adaptive capacity.

You’ll also have to chance to learn about how practitioners can facilitate adaptive resilience and how policy and strategy can facilitate societal transformation.

What topics will you cover?

  • The meaning of adaptive resilience
  • Complex adaptive systems perspectives and global change
  • Methods of monitoring evaluating adaptive capacity

Learning on this course

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...

  • Evaluate our chronological development of conceptual and policy perspectives of resilience
  • Describe approaches to developing adaptive capacity
  • Identify the drivers of global change and the challenges for transformational societies
  • Evaluate the benefits of resilience

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at individuals looking to understand the approaches to adaptive capacity and the drivers for global change.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

I'm an Associate Lecturer at Coventry University Online and a current practitioner working in Emergency Planning for a large NHS Trust in the North West.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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