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RAG510_1

Risk, Society and Governance

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.


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.

Learning outcome

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.
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.
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.

Contents

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.
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.

Required prerequisite knowledge

None.

Exam

Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home assignment over four days1/14 daysA - F

Coursework requirements

Two individual assignments
2 individual assignment must be passed before the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Kenneth Arne Pettersen Gould
Course teacher
Frederic Emmanuel Bouder , Sissel Haugdal Jore , Ole Andreas Hegland Engen , 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 and videos reflecting basic curriculum and discussion of key issues related to this curriculum

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Risk and societal safety (MSA115_1) 5

Open to

Risk Analysis and Governance, International Master's degree Programme

Course assessment

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

Literature

Selected parts of
Ortwin Renn (2008). Risk Governance. Earthscan
Lupton, Debra (2013) Risk. Routlegde.
Risk and society. Compendium of articles


This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 16.12.2019

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