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Masters Programmes in Risk

Risk, Security and Society (30 credits)

This is an elective 30 credit core module for students taking the Risk and Security Route.

The aims of the module are to

  • Provide an in-depth appreciation of the emergence and deployment of risk techniques as a means of securing the uncertain future
  • Deliver substantive theoretical and empirical knowledge of the specific societal emergence of the problem of security and the ‘solution’ of risk management
  • Undertake an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on work in human geography, security studies, the sociology of risk, science and technology studies, as well as legal and commercial risk imaginaries

After taking this module students should be able to

  • Understand and critically analyze the emergence and deployment of a range of risk techniques
  • Interpret and evaluate different approaches to the problem of risk, and to assess these in relation to a number of specific cases
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and context specificity of the problem of risk

Teaching and assessment

The module is divided into three parts. Each of these will have a series of staff-led seminars, one workshop, and a tutorial. The seminars will start with a presentation by a member of staff, followed by discussion on the basis of (a) pre-allocated readings, and (b) questions and comments in response to the staff-led introduction. Where appropriate, film and/or television documentary will be used in the seminars to support learning. The workshops will be student-led, working through materials provided in case study packs. The tutorials will follow the seminars and workshop in each part of the module and will consolidate learning from that part and provide guidance on reading for the next part.

For further details on module content, contact hours and assessment please refer to the postgraduate modules handbook.