Risk Management in Crisis Situations RSK4307 


Period 5A
Start Date 15 Apr 2024
End Date 8 May 2024
ECTS credits 4
Instruction language English
Coordinator F.E. Bouder
Teaching methods Assignment(s);Lecture(s); Presentation(s)
Assessment methods        Presentation; Paper 
Keywords Acute hazardous events; Precautionary crises management; Crises regulation; Cost-benefit/Cost-effective analysis; Innovations in crisis management.


Full course description

What happens when crises and disasters materialise? What can be done to manage crises better? How can underlying trade-offs in crises management be identified and managed? Does regulation matter? Key variables such as perceptions, feelings, trust, and social amplification through, for example media and social media have been shown to affect individual beliefs and attitudes in the face of risky events. During this module, students will discuss these and other aspects of risk management  while capitalising on social-scientific knowledge and analysis of crisis situations and will consider contemporary and post-trust societies as well as risks related to geophysical disasters, health, conflict, and cyber security.

Course objectives

  • Identify different crises management methods and tools 
  • Explain the role of social and social media networks in shaping beliefs and attitudes related to risk management and the effect on policy responses
  • Evaluate present-day crises management using cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis




Recommended reading

  • Risk management in post-trust societies, Earthscan (Löfstedt, 2005).
  • The Politics of Precaution. Regulating Health Safety and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press (Vogel, 2012).