Course syllabus

Riskuppfattningar, kommunikation och mänskligt beteende
Risk Perception, Communication and Human Behaviour

VRSN35, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2018-03-20

General Information

Compulsory for: MKAT1
Elective for: RH4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



The course contains both theoretical and practical perspectives, where students mix knowledge with real life applications of theories. Models that explain risk perceptions and theories of risk communication is presented, these are contrasted with different ways of estimating or observing human behavior. A particular focus will be on gender and tools for integrating gender in these contexts. During the course, students will learn how different perceptions of risks are formed in different contexts, and how communication between experts and laymen can occur. The students work in groups where they jointly choose a risk that interests them and analyzes it based on how different groups can perceive it and how it can be communicated between different stakeholders who can have different perceptions of the same risk and how this effects actual behavior. These works are presented to the entire group, where other students can provide feedback and contribute their own perspectives and experiences, with the facilitator of the teacher. The teacher gives individual as well as group feedback in both the theoretical part and the practical part of the course.

A particular focus is on gender perspectives and different tools for integrating gender will be investigated. Students will be able to identify how risks affect groups in society, and in particular how gender differences affect distributions of risk. The course is based on active participation of the students, where learning takes place through interaction between students and teachers. It requires active participation of all students in their own work, in peer review and dialogue, as well as in student-led seminars.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Written reflective report, active participation in the seminars and contributing with peer-feedback to the other students. The report should contain critical reflection on how risk perceptions affect their communication in practice.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0119. Name: Report.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved individual paper. Contents: Individual paper. The aim of this course is to give the students an in-depth understanding of how risks are perceived and communicated in society. By working with their own perspective on risk, presenting and arguing for a this perspective – informed by the theoretical models, the students increase their knowledge and understanding of how risks are managed and communicated in society.
Code: 0219. Name: Active Participation.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Active participation at mandatory seminars. Contents: Seminars. During the course, the students are expected to give and receive feedback on the teachers, fellow students as well as their own presentations, something that requires active engagement.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 40
Selection: Number of credits remaining for the degree. Priority is primarily for students at the Master program in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, secondly to students at the Masters program Master of Science in Engineering, Risk Management and Safety Engineering, and thirdly to students at the Bachelor of Science program in Fire Protection Engineering.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Misse Wester,
Further information: The course is based on active participation where learning takes place through interaction between students and teachers. The course requires active participation of all students in their own work, in peer review and dialogue, and student-led seminars.