AK2026 Risk, Media and Controversies 7.5 credits
Risk, media och kontroverser
This course is dormant.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)D
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsSpring 13 P4 (7.5 credits)
End date2013 week: 21
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures
Number of exercises
Form of studyNormal
Number of placesNo limitation
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleSven Ove Hansson, firstname.lastname@example.org
TeacherMisse Wester, email@example.com
Eligible for students from all KTH programs.
Part of programme
After completed course, the student will be able to
- identify and describe the dominating theories of risk perception, risk communication, and risk assessment, and be able to describe the role of mass media in risk contexts,
- give examples of different ways of performing risk assessments and their consequences to society,
- apply a variety of strategies for risk management and make refelctions on their strengths and weaknesses,
- analyze and deconstruct a number of cases using theories taught in the course,
- predict and make assumptions on future developments in order to foresee risk developments in the student's own field as well as in society at large.
Course main content
This course is aimed at giving the student insights into the production and communication of risks through mass media. Many case studies will be used, encouraging discussion and reflection through which the student will be able to foresee and better understand risk developments in the student's own field as well as in society at large.
Lectures, seminars, and individual assignments.
120 ECTS (university credits) and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B from Swedish gymnasium.
- Beck, U (1992) Risk society: towards a new modernity, Sage Publications.
- Flynn, Slovic, Kunreuther (2001) Risk, Media and Stigma: Understanding public challenges to modern science and technology, Earthscan.
- Oreskes, N and Conway, E (2010) Merchants of doubt: how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming, Bloomsbury Publishing.
- PRO1 - Case Presentation, Written and Oral, 5.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- SEM1 - Seminars, 2.5 credits, grade scale: P, F
The examination consists of one written report (8-10 pages), an oral presentation and sufficient attendance and active participation at lectures and seminars.
Requirements for final grade
Attendance, active participation, oral presentation, and written report.
Misse Wester, firstname.lastname@example.org, 08-790 9567
Sven Ove Hansson <email@example.com>
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 09.