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AK205V Philosophy of Risk for Professionals 2.5 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 single courses students

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P2 (2.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Distance Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

15 - 30

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 single courses students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 single courses students


Per Wikman-Svahn,


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AK205V (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Different risk concepts, risk and uncertainty.
  • Philosophic aspects on probabilistic risk analysis.
  • Values in science and decision-making.
  • Precautionary principle.
  • Risks and sustainability.
  • Risks and ethics.

The teaching consists of online meetings with large element of discussions between the participants. Before each meeting, the participants submit assignments.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • report and explain different definitions of risk and uncertainty
  • give an account of the fundamentals of risk analysis
  • use tools retrieved from the different branches of philosophy, to analyse risks and uncertainties
  • discuss ethics and sustainability aspects in analyses and decision making about risks and uncertainties.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

120 credits higher education

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Written exercises, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Active seminar participation.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

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