SSCI20030 Building Resilience

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces students to systematic shocks, crisis and resilience and provides skills to deal with future crisis. We will use situated learning, where you are actively immersed in an activity while using problem-solving skills. The module is delivered in four sections. 1) Pre-crisis stage: we will explore the history of social and environmental crisis and how these have differed across cultures and time periods. 2) Crisis stage: we will look at how crisis and shocks unfold and how we are impacted as individuals and groups, including 9/11, Global warming, COVID-19. 3) Post-crisis: we will look at how groups and societies have recovered from crisis events, drawing out the methods we can use to adjust and find a new equilibrium. Seminar work will allow us to learn about these skills. 4) Limitations: finally, the last section will examine the limitations to personal action and resilience etc. Student participation and learning is supported by seminars, including online podcasts and discussion forums. By the end of the module, students will be able to critically analyse systemic shocks and the value of resilience in addressing societal challenges of the 21st century.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Describe social science theories concerning the concept of crisis and systematic shocks and the types of interventions used to mitigate impacts.

Apply problem-solving skills to produce a case study of a systemic shock connects to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Describe how the state and civil society can use resilience and flexibility to address systematic social problems.

Identify opportunities to participate in activities that address systematic shocks and build resilience in Ireland and globally.

Indicative Module Content:

Topics which will be covered in this module include systemic shocks and the role of resilience, flexibility, group cohesion, systems recovery and connected social justice issues.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures will be delivered online incluing active/task-based learning
Seminars will take place face-to-face using problem-based learning and group work

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: A case study of resilience (group project). Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Portfolio: You will write up your portfolio based on your seminar work and participation on the module’s discussion boards. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be provided with feedback on their contributions to the discussing forums throughout the module. During seminars students will be offered group feedback prior to submitting their portfolios. Students will be given individual feedback on their essays, post-assessment.

This module focuses on hands on learning -and this reading list illustrates the type of material/academic knowledge we will use.

Ashley, John Michael. Human resilience against food insecurity. Academic Press, 2018.
Barry, Harry. Emotional Resilience: How to safeguard your mental health. Orion, 2018.
Bohland, Jim, Simin Davoudi, and Jennifer L. Lawrence, eds. The resilience machine. Routledge, 2018.
Deeming, Hugh, Maureen Fordham, Christian Kuhlicke, Lydia Pedoth, Stefan Schneiderbauer, and Cheney Shreve, eds. Framing community disaster resilience. John Wiley & Sons, 2019.
Deininger, Klaus, Marito Garcia, and Kalanidhi Subbarao. "AIDS-induced orphanhood as a systemic shock: Magnitude, impact, and program interventions in Africa." World Development 31, no. 7 (2003): 1201-1220.
Ekibi, Nükleer Krizde Acil Müdahale, Çalışanlarının Psikiyatrik Sorunları, and Bir Endüstriyel Psikiyatri Konusu. "Psychiatric Problems of Emergency Workers in Nuclear Crisis: An Issue in Industrial Psychiatry." (2012).
Gills, Barry K. "Globalization, crisis and transformation: world systemic crisis and the historical dialectics of capital." Globalizations 7, no. 1-2 (2010): 275-288.
Godfrey, Phoebe, and Denise Torres, eds. Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of race, class and gender. Routledge, 2016.
Hellman, Dana E., and Vivek Shandas. "Community Resilience to Climate Change: Theory, Research and Practice." (2020).
Hynes, William, Benjamin Trump, Patrick Love, and Igor Linkov. "Bouncing forward: a resilience approach to dealing with COVID-19 and future systemic shocks." Environment Systems and Decisions 40 (2020): 174-184.
Jackson, Richard J., David M. DeLozier, Gregory Gerasimov, Olga Borisova, Paul L. Garbe, Lioudmila Goultchenko, George Shakarishvili, Joseph G. Hollowell, and Dayton T. Miller. "Chernobyl and iodine deficiency in the Russian Federation: an environmental disaster leading to a public health opportunity." Journal of public health policy 23, no. 4 (2002): 453-470.
McRobbie, Angela. Feminism and the Politics of'Resilience': Essays on Gender, Media and the End of Welfare. John Wiley & Sons, 2020.
Pearson, Christine M., and Ian I. Mitroff. "From crisis prone to crisis prepared: A framework for crisis management." Academy of Management Perspectives 7, no. 1 (1993): 48-59.
Revenga, Ana, and J. Calindo. "Responding to global systemic shocks: applying lessons from previous crises to Covid-19." Global agenda 30 (2020): 25.
Sajko, Miha, Christophe Boone, and Tine Buyl. "CEO greed, corporate social responsibility, and organisational resilience to systemic shocks." Journal of Management 47, no. 4 (2021): 957-992.
Shrivastava, Paul, Ian I. Mitroff, Danny Miller, and Anil Miclani. "Understanding industrial crises [1]." Journal of management studies 25, no. 4 (1988): 285-303.
Southwick, Steven M., and Dennis S. Charney. Resilience: The science of mastering life's greatest challenges. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Stavinska, Anna. "Chernobyl destination: The way from dark to light. Opportunities for the destination development." In ISCONTOUR 2018 Tourism Research Perspectives: Proceedings of the International Student Conference in Tourism Research, p. 81. BoD–Books on Demand, 2018.
Steinbock, Eliza, Bram Ieven, and Marijke de Valck, eds. Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience. Routledge, 2020.
Zakour, Michael J., Nancy Mock, and Paul Kadetz, eds. Creating Katrina, rebuilding resilience: Lessons from New Orleans on vulnerability and resiliency. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2017.
Zommers, Zinta, and Keith Alverson, eds. Resilience: The Science of Adaptation to Climate Change. Elsevier, 2018.
Name Role
Dr Ruben Flores Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Liam Fogarty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Kieran Moloney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Cliódhna O'Connor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Brendan O'Neill Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Aidan O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 10:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 4, 6, 9 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - 2, 4, 6, 9 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 3 Week(s) - 2, 4, 6, 9 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 4 Week(s) - 2, 4, 6, 9 Fri 13:00 - 13:50