Organization and Risk

Course content

The course introduces students to the organizational context and conditions of security risk management. While risk management has always been intrinsically related to questions of organizational survival and success, a pivotal feature of current society is the increasingly fundamental and pervasive role of risk management for and throughout all types of modern organizations. Central to this development stands an expanding and changed set of risks and security problems that organizations must handle in terms of formal structure and design as well as organizational culture.


In recognizing the mutually constitutive and evolving relationship between organization and risk, the course addresses issues such as the heightened attention to security threats and hazards in the organizational environment, the proliferation of operational risk as a key organizational agenda, the reshaping of organizational systems of planning and control as systems of risk management, as well as the pursuit of organizational resilience and preoccupation with high reliability organizations. Moreover, the course takes up the issue of the relation between organizations, society and individuals and hence the question of intended and unintended effects of organizational attempts to cope with risk and security threats.


The course constitutes 7,5 ECTS credits.



Security Risk Management

Only open for students from MSc in Security Risk Management

The course is unfortunately not for exchange students.

Learning outcome


Students will have in-depth knowledge of core ideas, concepts and theories about the organizational context and conditions of risk management in current society. Students will be able to identify and critically assess the issues, problems and challenges facing organizations in an environment increasingly defined be risk and security threats.



Student will be able to conduct comprehensive organizational analysis and identify the problems and potentials related to the exercise of security risk management in different organizations. Students will be capable of evaluating different approaches to risk management and their appropriateness, depending on setting and organization. Furthermore, students will develop the capacity to communicate analysis and conclusions in a systematic and coherent way.



Students will be able to develop and improve organizational responses to risks and security threats in both public and private organizations. They will be able to make informed and highly qualified choices taking both the strategic objectives of different organizations and the new challenges of the changing security and risk environment into account.


The course is a combination of classroom lectures and ongoing discussions with students. The course can include reflection papers, exercises and/or casework at the discretion of the lecturer and the Board of Studies.

Course literature is a syllabus of 900 pages set by the lecturer and approved by the Board of Studies.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
Five-day compulsory written take-home assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Criteria for achieving the goals:

  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

Study Board for Security Risk Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Political Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Anders Esmark   (2-6569446d6a77326f7932686f)

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Saved on the 17-02-2022

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