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* Retrieved from Course syllabus AK1001 (Autumn 2014–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

In order to discuss precisely safety issues in areas characterized by large potential risks, knowledge of the concepts of risk and safety are needed, as is knowledge of how people perceive risks, different normative theories of risk and safety, and methods for analyzing risks and supplying safety solutions. This is a transdisciplinary area involving, e.g., behavioural science, philosophy of risk, statistics, economics, and engineering sciences. To handle practical issues of risk and safety, notions and analytical tools from several disciplines are needed.

This course aims at giving basic insights into the conceptual and behavioural fundamentals of the risk and safety discourse, as well as a broad orientation of various ways of analyzing risk and safety.


- The notions of risk, safety, and uncertainty

- Facts and values in technical risk assessments

- Risk perception

- Risk communication

- Safety engineering

- Basics of statistical risk analysis

- Risk and ethics

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course, the student will be able to

- distinguish between different notions of risk and safety,

- account for the basics of risk perception and risk communication,

- display knowledge of the most important principles of risk management in engineering,

- account for the basics of statistical risk analysis,

- display basic familiarity with ethical issues in work related to risk and safety,

- apply concepts and principles from the items above on practical cases taken from the nuclear power domain.

Course Disposition

Lectures, seminars.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least one full year (60 credits) of university education in areas relevant to the learning goals of the study program. In addition, at least one course comprising elementary statistics and theory of probability. 

Recommended prerequisites

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Meddelas senast fyra veckor före kursstart. Preliminär lista:

- Renn, O. (2008). Risk Governance: Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World.

- Textsamling om riskfilosofi (ca 150 sidor)

- Några artiklar tillkommer.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • SEM1 - Seminar Participation, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral Exam, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written Exam, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

This syllabus is valid until 2015-06-13. After this date, there is no teaching and no examination on the course.

Other requirements for final grade

Seminar participation (SEM1; 1.5 credits), oral exam (TEN1; 3 credits), written exam (TEN2; 3 credits).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AK1001

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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