Informatie over minors
Disaster Risk ManagementMinor
Minor title Dutch n.v.t
Minor title English Disaster Risk Management
Study Programme International Development Management
Competence(s) FI – To facilitate innovation
MP – To manage a project
PL – To develop personal leadership
SE – To acquire development sector expertise
AR – To conduct applied research
Educational Goals The student is able:
  • To conduct complex risk assessments using mixed methods including GIS applications
  • To apply various integrated approaches to address crucial issues to build community resilience
  • To articulate governance challenges and opportunities, and suggest operational recommendations to address challenges and seize opportunities while reducing risks
  • To express awareness of how to deal with multiple views, interests and agendas of different stakeholders, recognizing power dynamics in defining risk problems and solutions
  • To design, present and discuss multi-level, multi-actor interventions and (financial) strategies to reduce risks
  • To work as consultant/advisor on a real-life assignment in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction
Content/subject Disaster Risk Management involves the application of disaster risk reduction policies and strategies. The intention is to contribute to more resilience in communities and reduction of losses due to disasters.
This minor aims to develop your competence to conduct complex risk assessments recognizing people’s broad spectrum of risks and vulnerabilities. ‘Resilience’ is applied as a concept which brings together the fields of poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction, environmental care and climate change adaptation. You’ll learn how to design or adjust activities so that people and communities become safer and more disaster-resilient. This contributes to conditions enabling sustainable development.
You’ll work on real-life cases that encompass multiple disciplines and learn how to manage a consultancy assignment related to Disaster Risk Management with real commissioners.
Major study units  
  Study unit code Name of the study unit  
Term 1 VID3 BR VE Building Resilient Communities  
Term 1 VID3 CT VE Professional Consultancy Training  
Term 2 VID3 LA VE Integrated Landscape Approaches  
Term 2 VID3 DR VE Disaster Risk Reduction  
Semester 1 VID3 PD VE Personal Leadership III  
Target audience* Internal and External Students; Above modules are part of Year 3 IDM-DRM study programme, and minor students will joint this student-cohort.
Added Value* In today’s world the number, complexity and impact of disasters are increasing. Disaster risk management (DRM) has become a cornerstone of international development. There is urgency to reduce disaster losses and a need to reduce the impact of disasters. Students learn how to contribute to this reduction, to more resilience and to better conditions enabling sustainable development.
Teaching method(s) and study load Approximate student workload hours in total = 840
Indicative student workload hours per type of activity:
160 hours - Attending lectures
210 hours - studying literature
240 hours - team work
150 hours - individual assignments
40 hours - Coaching
40 hours - fieldwork/workshops
Rating scale Mark 1-10 – 0,1 interval – 5,5 pass
Exams / Tests / Essays Combination of written exams, portfolio and oral exams as mentioned for the five (5) concerned study units in the Education and Examination Regulation (EER) 2020-21, study programme International Development Management
Literature and other necessities​ Literature will be made available through Moodle Rooms
Minor coordinator Annelies Heijmans
Contact person for additional information​* Annelies Heijmans
Language of tuition​ English
Study points (credits)​ 30
Form of instruction​* Fulltime
Available in the following study terms:​ X  Term 1 and 2
☐  Term 3 and 4
Start application*  
Deadline application*  
Obligatory contact hours​* Not Applicable
Admission conditions for VHL students​ None
Admission conditions for external students* None
Application documents​* Not Applicable
Maximum No. of participants / Waiting list​ No
Contactpersoon EPM Heijmans (tel: 0263695641, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Minor Disaster Risk Management 2021