TIØ4201 - Risk Governance, Societal Safety and Critical Infrastructure


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 40/100
Written examination 60/100 4 hours D

Course content

A safe and secure society is dependent on well-functioning critical infrastructures, and good organization and management of risk analyses and emergency preparedness. The subject therefore integrates literature on technology, organization and management into a risk governance approach. The course has a main focus on societal safety and security. Major accident risk and cyber-related risks will also be discussed.

Students are encouraged to use the perepectives from the course to consider risks that are related to their respective disciplines.

A main subject is how risk can be governed at different societal levels. This includes the ability to assess and understand risks, as well as risk communication and decision-making dilemmas.

Another subject is the way regulatory regimes and framework conditions affect risk governance.

Learning outcome

The subject’s position and function in the study:
The subject is recommended for the students at the master programs MIHMS and MHMS. It is a "K-subjects" which means that it is an option for most students at technology studies.

Knowledge: After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- explain different measures for and approaches to upholding critical societal functions
- relate approaches to societal safety on a local, regional and national level.
- explain learning mechanisms in the aftermath of major events.
- explain principles for organizing societal safety and emergency
- describe and argue for strengths and weaknesses with organizing societal safety

Skills: After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- categorizee different types of risks, hazards and vulnerabilities
- classify and give examples of different categories of threats and hazards to critical societal functions and infrastructures
- assess and evaluate risk with proven methods
- explain risk perseption and social aspects of risk in relation to risk governance
- evaluate risk tolerance by combining factual knowledge and values
- analyze and plan for emergency preparedness
- recognize principles in mass media coverage of events and risks

Competence: After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- distinguish between and discuss different definitions and perspectives of risk
- discuss risk issures related to several scientific disciplines including ethics

Learning methods and activities

The teaching methods will partly be traditional lectures, partly introductions for questions, comments and discussions of specific cases and actual events. Real risk issues and incidents are applied in the teaching. The lectures are mainly for the theoretic introduction to the subject, but managers with experience from risk governance and emergency preparedness will be invited to hold more practice-based lectures. The exercises apply problem based learning principles. The mandatory term paper which count on the final mark of exam will be adapted to risk problems of special relevance for the students’ study profile.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a term paper (40%) and a final written exam (60%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.

Required previous knowledge

Course materials

Collection of articles and reports given at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Industrial Economics and Technology Management
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 60/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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