This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course addresses at a more advanced level the challenges and opportunities of developing effective risk management in the 24/7 media environment. It covers the critical aspects of risk perception and communication as key elements of risk management. The course also covers crucial implications for policy making and delivery. The course is based on assimilating the basic principles of risk perception and communication and applying those principles to real-life situations. Students will conduct an analysis of a defined problem and present their report to other students.

Learning outcome

After completing the course students will be able to
-Understand the dynamics of risk perception and communication.
- Understand how a range of risks from various sectors (e.g. energy, food, pharmaceuticals) can be effectively managed and how science-informed policy can be successfully developed
- Have the ability to specialize in risk perception/ communication as one of the main branches of the risk analysis field.
- Have the ability to independently process scientific literature about the relationship between risk management and risk perception /communication. Emphasis will be put on developing scientifically-informed judgement, as well as the ability to present viable options for policy that will be discussed among peers.
General Competence
- Students will acquire general competence in writing an academic paper
-Students will develop their research ability
-Student will strengthen their presentation abilities
- The course will foster group work abilities


-The course addresses, at a more advanced level, selected topics in the field of risk management, risk communication and policy, such as: risk perception drivers, including low perceived risk v. high perceived risk; the determinants of trust and their implications for risk communication and policy, including high trust v. low trust situations; the role of the conventional and social media, including risk amplification and attenuation; communicating uncertainty; policy and communication in a transparent environment.

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
  • RIS500 Risk analysis and risk management
  • RAG500 Foundations of risk analysis and governance


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Paper1/1 A - F
The students should work individually to write a 4000 words research paper (double spacing). The students shall within define deadlines submit to the teacher an outline, first draft and second draft of their paper and be prepared to exchange with fellow students about their paper. Besides seminars and student presentations, some lectures will be given throughout the semester. Other lectures may be pre-recorded. The research requirements will be introduced during the first lecture. The students shall select their topic within 5 weeks and submit their final research paper within 15 weeks.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Frederic Emmanuel Bouder
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

Lectures and individual work and group work (on specific real-life problems). Student-active methodology and close dialogue between students and teacher are key elements in the pedagogical work form.

Open to

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

Course evaluation takes place according to the Faculty's guidelines.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 04.07.2020