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Risk, Society and Governance RIS515

This course introduces students to key concepts in risk analysis and governance as a field and science. The course focuses on theories on risk, risk perception, risk society, crisis, social construction, politics and power, culture, trust and relationships between science, technology and risk.


Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Course code

RIS515

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

10

Semester tution start

Autumn

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Autumn

Language of instruction

English

Content

This course introduces students to key concepts in risk analysis and governance as a field and science. The course focuses on theories on risk, risk perception, risk society, crisis, social construction, politics  and power, culture, trust and relationships between science, technology and risk.

Key subjects are how individuals perceive risks, risk communication, how organizations and institutions take part in and respond to different forms of communication, theories about organizational risk, globalization and risk in complex systems, what characterizes different types of crisis in society and how individuals and organisations respond to acute situations.   

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

After completing the course, the student will have basic knowledge about risk perception, risk communication and risk governance. The students will have knowledge of social processes through which risks are defined, why some risks are seen as acceptable and others not, how causes of accidents and disasters are constructed and how policies to control risks and manage crisis are developed.

Skills:

After completing the course students should have an understanding of ways in which risk and culture, power and trust are related and focusing on international and global issues be able to apply the theoretical approaches on risk problems in society.

General competence:

After the course, the students will be able to apply these theories and concepts in ways that support risk (safety, security) knowledge and tackling of risk (safety, security) problems in society. Students will also have a critical perspective on risk and be able to communicate problems and dilemmas associated with risks in society.

Required prerequisite knowledge
None
Exam

Home exam and projectwork

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 3/5 Letter grades
Projectwork 2/5 Letter grades

Coursework requirements
Two individual assignments
1 assignment must be passed before the exam.
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Kenneth Arne Pettersen Gould
Course teacher: Lisbet Fjæran
Course teacher: Sissel Haugdal Jore
Course teacher: Bjørn Ivar Kruke
Head of Department: Tore Markeset
Method of work
A combination of 2 and 4 hours teaching per week.  The course will combine the use of lectures, videos and group work reflecting basic curriculum and discussion of key issues related to this curriculum
Open for
Risk Analysis, Master of Science Degree Programme Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology
Course assessment
Course evaluation takes place according to the Faculty's guidelines.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Risk, Society and Governance (RAG510) 10
Literature
The syllabus can be found in Leganto