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 increasing pervasiveness and societal importance of organizational attempts to manage risk and security threats. The course takes up this organizational encounter with risk and focuses on issues such as organizations and their risk environment, organizational crisis, the interplay of security and operational risk, the pursuit of organizational reliability and resilience, systems and standards of risk management, as well questions of accountability and organizational performance. The course combines a theoretical approach to these issues with a case-based approach.

Throughout the course, representatives from different organizations (public and private) will present cases comprising specific challenges of security risk management, based on which the students will be asked to provide analysis and recommendations.


Security Risk Management
Only open for students from MSc in Security Risk Management

Learning outcome


  • master core ideas, concepts and theories about the organizational context and conditions of risk management in current society.
  • identify and critically discuss the issues, problems and challenges facing organizations in an environment increasingly defined by risk and security threats.



  • conduct comprehensive organizational analysis and diagnose the problems and potentials related to the exercise of security risk management in different organizations.
  • evaluate different approaches to risk management and their appropriateness, depending on setting and organization.
  • communicate analysis and conclusions in a systematic and coherent way.



  • improve responses to risks and security threats in both public and private organizations.
  • independently develop solutions that take both the strategic objectives and societal consequences of organizational risk management into account.

The course is a combination of classroom lectures, casework and discussions.

Course literature is a syllabus of 900 pages.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
The examination is a five-day written assignment. The exam paper must apply required readings and include a specified number of cases from the course.

The length of the written assignment must not exceed:
• For one student: 24.000 keystrokes (10 standard pages)
• For two students: 40.800 keystrokes (17 standard pages)
• For three students: 55.200 keystrokes (23 standard pages)

For further details on what constitutes a standard page, please refer to the Curricula’s Common Part for the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
The exam and resit exam are assessed by an internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

The exam and resit exam are assessed by an internal examiner as pass/fail.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 168
  • Exam
  • 79
  • English
  • 275


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   (2-6367426b6875306d7730666d)
Saved on the 28-04-2023

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