Risk Analysis

Course content

The course introduces students to the major theoretical perspectives on risk and forms of risk analysis in the social sciences. The course provides a comprehensive overview of technological, economic, and socio-political approaches to risk analysis as they have developed in research and concrete practices of risk management. The course places particular emphasis on the development and importance of risk analysis and management as demands for security, responsibility and legitimacy are becoming increasingly imperative for all actors and institutions in contemporary society. In doing so, the course focuses on how multiplying and interrelated risks are analysed and processed by various public and private actors. Moreover, the course introduces general techniques of risk analysis widely used by researchers and practitioners alike, including threat assessment, scenario building and forecasting. The course combines the general approach to risk analysis with a focus on practical application. Students will be required to conduct their own analysis of a specific risk scenario and evaluate the implications of possible responses based on different approaches and techniques.


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

Learning outcome


  • master all major social science theories of risk and approaches to risk analysis. 
  • identify and discuss technological, economic and socio-political dimensions of risk and their complex interplay in contemporary society.



  • conduct theoretically informed analysis of a wide range of risks and assess their potential impact for public and private actors.
  • evaluate different techniques of risk analysis and apply them to general and concrete risk scenarios



  • provide and implement comprehensive and critically reflexive risk assessments suited to different areas of society and levels of decision-making.

The course is a combination of classroom lectures, exercises 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
Oral exam on basis of previous submission
Type of assessment details
Students will be graded on the basis of an oral exam based on a synopsis. The synopsis takes the form a risk analysis carried out during the course.
Exam registration requirements

Eligibility for the exam is premised on the completion and oral presentation of the analysis during the course, to be approved by the lecturer.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

- In the semester where the course takes place: Synopsis oral exam

- In subsequent semesters: Free written assignment

Criteria for exam assessment
  • 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


The exam and re-sit exam are carried out in accordance with the formal requirements for ‘oral exam based on a synopsis’ specified in section 6.2.2.

The exam and re-sit exam are assessed by an internal and external examiner according to the seven-point scale.

  • 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
  • Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen   (3-515a56447765716a326f7932686f)
Saved on the 30-04-2024

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