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Theories and methodologies in societal safety PHD701

The subject provides in depth knowledge and understanding of new theories, methodologies and recent research results in societal safety. The contents of the subject will be customized for the individual student's needs through selection of the curriculum and learning methods.

Course description for study year 2020-2021. Please note that changes may occur.



Vekting (SP)


Antall semestre



Spring, Autumn



Tilbys av

Department of Safety, Economics and Planning

Learning outcome


  • Identify new theoretical and methodological contribution relevant for own work
  • Apply new theories and methodological approaches in analysis of the selected topic at a level that could be developed into articles of international standard
  • Gain knowledge ofthe broader context within which the student's own research project is situated


  • Identifying relevant literature and compose a consistent curriculum
  • Critically reflect on selected theoretical and methodological presuppositions
  • Organize and present a research-based material in an open seminar
  • Lead and summarize academic discussions in open seminars
  • Communicate results and reflections in speech and writing in a clear and systematic way

General competence

  • Understand the relevance of new theories and methodologies as part of choices one must make in developing a scientific research project
  • Critical evaluation of new theories and methodologies
The subject will acquaint students with contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in societal safety and enhance the student's understanding of mechanisms that may affect the risk and security at the individual, organizational or societal level. Examples of theme could be, but not restricted to:
  • theoretical perspectives on risk and social safety/security,
  • security that learning process,
  • strategic interaction and social security,
  • social security and rhetoric,
  • national and international contingency planning and crisis management,
  • perspectives on supervision and regulation,
  • the relationship between technology, organization and risk
  • climate change risks and safety/security issues,
  • roots of and societal consequences of terrorism, etc.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Eksamen / vurdering
Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Paper 1/1 Pass - Fail

All steps described in working methodology has to be fulfilled. The paper should have a potential to be developed into a journal article. Max 5000 words

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Odd Einar Falnes Olsen
Head of Department: Tore Markeset
Method of work
The student should
  • in a cooperation with the supervisor identify and organize a curriculum on about 5-800 pages
  • invite to an open seminar and present the selected curriculum in a clear and systematic way
  • Lead and summarize seminar discussions
  • Write a paper based on the literature, presentation, discussion and own reflections that could be developed into articles of international standard
Course assessment
Evaluation takes place in line with the Faculty practice, usually through a written form and discussions according to current guidelines.
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