SCI 6352. Resilience and Adaptation Science: From Theory to Practice
This foundation course surveys the intellectual development of resilience and adaptation in the social and natural sciences. Through a critical reading and analysis of central bodies of literature, students are provided a conceptual and empirical basis for exploring emerging applied practices in the built environment. The practice component of the course focuses on community resilience in urban planning, technical resilience in civil engineering, multi-hazard risk assessment in disaster risk management, adaptation mainstreaming in public administration and private sector adaptive capacity development in financial and organizational management. This diverse range of applications reflects the opportunities for designers and planners to engage in new forms of practice that synthetically negotiate and mediate various socioeconomic and biophysical forces. Positioned within an emerging field of study, this course identifies many of the key unanswered questions that are critical for future conceptual and empirical development. With a focus on environmental risk and the built environment, students will develop a facility in relevant public policies and institutions, design techniques, economic strategies and planning models. The course pedagogy balances lectures, seminar readings and case study reviews to link theory and practice. At the conclusion of the course, students will be prepared to engage advanced coursework in disaster risk management, environmental planning, urban adaptation and conflict studies.