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Before choosing course

The course is an introduction to risk assessment. Risk assessment is broadly defined to include risk characterization, risk analysis, risk communication, risk management, and policy relating to risk. Our interests include risks to human health and the environment, both built and natural.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MJ2670 (Autumn 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Risk paradigms in society
  • Methods for qualitative and quantitative risk assessment
  • Principles for risk evaluation
  • Risk in decision making processes - Processes, methods and tools for conflict resolution
  • Risk perception and risk communication
  • Project work on an ongoing or potential environmental conflict

Intended learning outcomes

After you have passed the course you should be able to:

  • Describe and explain the concept of risk from different research paradigms
  • Have knowledge about the most common engineering methods for risk assessment
  • Describe methods for environmental risks assessment and know the principles for how risks can be evaluated and communicated to different interest groups in decision processes
  • Describe and use existing methods and tools for conflict resolution strategies in cases in environmental risk management
  • Critically examine how information and knowledge are used by different interest groups in existing environmental conflicts
  • Analyze different frames held by stakeholders in an ongoing conflict. This means evaluation of how different people and interest groups develop their views on an environmental conflict
  • Be able to outline conflict resolution strategies for chosen environmental conflicts

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 100 academic credits (ECTS) in a program of engineering or natural science including documented profieciency in english B or equivalent. .

Recommended prerequisites

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Distributed compendium

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


  • NÄR1 - Attendance, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • UPP2 - Assignment, 2,0 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.

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 MJ2670

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MJ2672 Risk Management II, 6 credits