Summer Class: Resilience in Action

Resilience in Action: Theory of Resilience and Disaster Planning in Practice
  • UrbDP 498F / 598F
  • Summer, full-term, 3 credits
  • M/W:3:00 PM – 4:50 PM

This course aims to provide a practical understanding of resilience theory and how it can get translated to disaster planning in practice. “Resilience” has now become a fashionable concept in the planning discipline, however its operational relevance has been questioned due to its polysemic (having multiple meanings) character. The purpose of this class is to enhance the general understanding of “resilience”and to seek proper applications of this concept while understanding the challenges arising from translating theory into practice. Throughout the course, students will learn the history and development of resilience concept, as well as how this concept is currently applied in actual disaster planning and research.

For each session, students will read two articles: one that is theoretical (from Planning Theory, Progress in Human Geography, Ecology & Society, etc.), the other that describes the practices of actual disaster planning and research (from Journal of American Planning Association, Public Administration Review, Disaster Prevention and Management). In class, we’ll discuss together the link between theory and practice ‒ how certain theories get differently translated into practices of disaster planning/research, and the kind of challenges that planners/researchers encounter during such process. In addition, the course will have two lab sessions to showcase how planners and researchers might use GIS mapping for disaster planning, with emphasis on how such visualization can be different depending on their theoretical understanding.

Instructor:  Ihnji Jon, Ph.D. Student, Urban Design and Planning

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