Cities and Climate Change (Summer School)

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching language: English
EKA: T900041102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Summer school (spring)
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: T900041101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 12-12-2022

Duration: Intensive course

Version: Archive

Course ID


Course Title

Cities and Climate Change (Summer School)

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Responsible study board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Administrative Unit

Institut for Teknologi og Innovation

Date of Approval


Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Henrik Brøner Jørgensen SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering
Sasha Isabelle Bisschop TEK Uddannelseskoordinering og -support


Name Email Department City
Katarzyna Alicja Wieszczeczynska SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering
Maria Pizzorni SDU Civil Engineering
Nicola Tollin SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering

Programme Secretary

Name Email Department City
Mette Elise Jørgensen TEK Uddannelseskoordinering og -support

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Offered in

Summer school (spring)


Intensive course

Mandatory prerequisites

Two years of studies at university level (equivalent to 120 ECTS) within a relevant field of study, before the summer school starts.

Students with different disciplinary backgrounds with completed of at least two academic years in the fields of engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, economic, social sciences, and related fields.

Recommended prerequisites

Students should be interested in and have previous experience about climate change, disaster risk reduction, urban development and planning, sustainable development, climate adaptation and mitigation.

Learning objectives - Knowledge

  • Climate change and cities fundamentals, including policies
  • Urban resilience fundamentals
  • Strategic, action and master planning for climate change actions
  • Low-carbon development and climate mitigation in cities
  • Disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation in cities
  • Urban resilience best practices globally, including the Global South
  • Cross-sectorial and thematic issues (e.g., water, coastal areas, nature-based solutions)

Learning objectives - Skills

The students will develop skills based on system thinking through a process design methodology for climate change planning in cities, including:
  • System mapping and stakeholders’ analysis
  • Urban climate multi-risk analysis
  • Future scenarios forecasting, visioning and backcasting
  • Strategy and action planning

Learning objectives - Competences

  • Competencies to develop strategies, actions, plans and solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities



Today over 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas. Cities are facing major global challenges such as unsustainable development patterns, rapid and unplanned urbanization, climate change mitigation and adaptation. As a result, cities and their populations are vulnerable and increasingly exposed to rapid and slow on-setting climate and environmental disasters, which frequency and intensity are growing exponentially.

Urban resilience is instrumental in addressing both causes and effects of climate change, rethinking the way in which cities are designed, planned and managed, developing strategies and actions for climate mitigation and adaptation. 

The scientific research on urban resilience has been exponentially growing in the last decade, parallelly a growing number of cities worldwide started developing resilience related plans and actions, following the recommendations and prescriptions national and international policies international policies, as: Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. 

Course main objective

The summer school aims to expand the students' knowledge of policies, tools, and strategic and action planning for resilient urban transition, responding to the need for systemic change in tackling climate change. The summer school also aims to co-develop students' skills and knowledge in climate mitigation and adaptation planning. 

The students will work in groups using real cities worldwide, including Global South ones, as a case study to develop specific climate change solutions through strategy and action planning.

The summer school aims to bring together multi-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives on climate change in cities from science and practice. The summer school uses process design methodology to build the necessary skills and competencies to respond to a systemic transformation to foster urban climate actions.

URL for Skemaplan

Teaching Method

The course is conceived as a highly engaging activity, where students will work in ingroups on specific cities, using a process design methodology, to develop adequate climate solutions for mitigation and adaptation.

Multiple forms of instructions will involve:

  • Frontal lectures with invited international policymakers, practitioners and researchers
  • Individual learning based on scientific-grey literature and online resources
  • Group work using process design methodology
  • Peer-to-peer learning sessions based on knowledge exchange among the students 

The lectures will provide an overview of major international policies concerning urban resilience (Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction), key practices worldwide, including those developed in the frame of major international organizations (e.g., UNFCCC Secretariat, UNDRR, UNESCO, UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Program, ICLEI, WWF), and the latest developments and perspectives for research.

The lectures will also address key cross sectorial and thematic issues, for example: multi-level governance, finance, generation of co-benefits, nature-based solutions, appropriate technology, participatory processes and stakeholder’s involvement, urban metabolism, circular economy, planning and design.

The summer school uses problem-based learning. The students, divided into small groups, will respond to a specific challenge, applying specific tools and methods through a system thinking approach on real cities.

Time of classes:
2 weeks in August 

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Examination regulations

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Exam regulations

Examination is held

In the end of the course








Examination condition: 
Participating in class (80 %)

Examination: The grade is meant to reflect involvement in the course. The evaluation will be based on all the aspects of the course, including understanding the content of e.g., lectures, group work and discussions, individual learning level, and specific groups/individual deliverables. 

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Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card - Date of birth


Normally, the same as teaching language

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Additional exam information

The form of examination in the re-examination is the same as in the ordinary examination except the requirement of 80% attendance which is removed.

Additional information

The enrolment is limited to 18 students. 

If more applicants than places, applicants who meet the mandatory requirements are prioritised according to the below selection criteria:
1.Undergraduate and graduate students from partner universities (exchange); international undergraduate and graduate guest students (fee-paying); undergraduate and graduate students from other Danish universities. 

Students are prioritised on a first come, first served basis, i.e. according to the time we receive your complete application. 

In case a course is filled up, we try to offer you an alternative course from your list of priorities. All final decisions about admission will be sent out continually.  

Professor mso Nicola Tollin is responsible for the course and can be contacted for professional questions regarding the course at email: (cc Katarzyna Wieszczeczynska

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