Compulsory courses
Foundations of risk analysis and governance Year 1 / Semester 1
This course covers fundamental issues related to risk analysis and governance as a field and science, with emphasis on basic concepts and principles. Risk analysis here includes risk assessment, risk characterization, risk perception,risk communication, risk management, and policy relating to risk.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Terje Aven
Risk, Society and Governance Year 1 / Semester 1
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 society, crisis, social construction, politics and power, culture, trust and relationships between science, technology and risk.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Kenneth Arne Pettersen Gould
Risk Management, Communication and Policy Year 1 / Semester 2
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.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Frederic Emmanuel Bouder
Risk assessment and decisions Year 1 / Semester 2
Master`s Thesis Risk Analysis and Governance Year 2 / Semester 3
The master thesis is an independent project in which the student shall apply the knowledge acquired during the studies to solve a given assignment. The assignment is normally carried out during the last semester of the studies. At this stage, the student will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in the studies.
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Study points: 30
Course coordinator:
Frederic Emmanuel Bouder
Electives
Selected topics in risk management Year 2 / Semester 3
The course addresses, at a more advanced level, selected current topics in the field of risk management. The course is based on relevant articles and books and is carried out as a project work where students prepare an academic essay on pre-defined topics.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Roger Flage
Security and resilience Year 2 / Semester 3
Security can be defined as the ability to prepare for, adapt to, withstand, and recover from dangers and crises caused by people’s deliberate, intentional, and malicious acts, such as terrorism, sabotage, organized crime, and hacking. The main objective of the course is to enable students to understand risk and security in relation to terrorism and other intentional malicious crimes. The course will give the students an understanding of terrorism and intentional attacks as a phenomenon, including causes, forms and security measures. Students will become familiar with various strategies for preventing and combating terrorism and intentional crimes, including various risk management and resilience tools. The course will give the students an introduction to the topics of security culture and security risk management. The course should also provide insight into factors that affect the perception of risk and need for protection, as well as provide insight into dilemmas in relation to security measures.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Sissel Haugdal Jore
International humanitarian emergencies Year 2 / Semester 3
Brief summary of the course:
The course is a specialization in crisis management, with particular emphasis on prevention and response based on the so-called DRR concept. The course will be especially useful for students wishing to learn about prevention and response in humanitarian emergencies and/or prepare for assignments in international humanitarian crises and disasters. In addition to students in societal safety, the course may be useful to those studying management, economics, health and social studies, human rights and sustainable development. The course is taught in English. If only Norwegian-speaking students, the course will be taught in Norwegian.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Kristin Sørung Scharffscher
Decisionmaking in emergencies Year 2 / Semester 3
This course may be useful for students who are studying/specialising in risk management, economics, change management, health studies, human rights, sustainable development or societal safety. The course is taught in such a way that English-speaking students can keep up.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Riana Steen
Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development Year 2 / Semester 3
This course focuses on the complex relationship between climate change, societal safety and sustainable development. Particular emphasis is put on understanding dilemmas of global food, water, energy and environmental security within the constraints of sustainable development. The course highlights what societal safety and sustainable development entail and how disaster risk and (un)sustainable development mutually affect each other.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Odd Einar Falnes Olsen
Choose one course in 1st semester
Probability and Statistics 2 Year 1 / Semester 1
Basic issues in probability. Presentation of a number of commonly used probability distributions. Short introduction to extreme-value statistic. Estimation, in particular the maximum likelihood principle,and confidence intervals in various situations. Brief introduction to Bayesian statistics.Stochastic processes, in particular Poisson processes and Markov processes. Theory and areas for applications of the various methods will be covered.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Jörn Schulz
Philosophy of Science and Research Methods Year 1 / Semester 1
This course approaches science from different angles: The philosophy of science, including various topics related to science and the environment, and methods applied in social research, with an emphasis on research design. The overall aim is to present the current understanding of scientific activities, especially within the social sciences, and to stimulate critical thinking by examining a selection of original perspectives on science and the current state of the global environment and sustainable development.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Tarjei Mandt Larsen
Choose one course in 2nd semester
Economic analysis in risk management Year 1 / Semester 2
In this course attention is given to economic analyses (both quantitative and qualitative) related to key topics in the field of risk management. Examples of topics covered are among others: investments in insurance vs. investment in safety measures, market incentives for safety, evaluation of the effectiveness of security measures, discussions upon different principles used in risk management, such as the ALARP principle and the use of risk acceptance criteria. The appropriateness of using cost-benefit analyses, cost-effectiveness analyses and multi-attribute analyses as decision support tools in safety management is also covered.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Eirik Bjorheim Abrahamsen
Infrastructure and vulnerability Year 1 / Semester 2
The subject is obligatory for students at the masters degree programs in Societal Safety and Technical Societal Safety. The subject introduces important societal functions, to which critical infrastructures are part of the societal functions. The subject emphasizes how and why the important societal functions are designed as they are.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Ove Njå

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.