ASRK22004U Knowledge and Methods

Volume 2022/2023

Security Risk Management
Only open for students from MSc in Security Risk Management


The course introduces students to state-of-the-art methods used to assess and manage risks, as well as the broader methodological questions they raise. The course provides students with the tools needed to produce and evaluate knowledge used in security risk management processes critically and reflexively. It trains the ability to estimate the validity and reliability of knowledge-based interventions and evaluate the performance of actors and agencies dealing with complex and compound risk and security challenges. On the level of methods, this includes the use of general scientific approaches to the collection and interpretation of data (quantitative and qualitative), as well as methods developed more specifically for purposes of risk assessment and management. A particular focus point is the use of new technology and software enabling collection and analysis of larger sets of data. On the methodological level, the course covers the analytical, practical and political implications of different research strategies and social science traditions, with a special focus on complex controversies concerning risk and security issues. The course combines general introduction to these issues with hands-on exercises. Students will be required to apply various methods to specific threats and knowledge pools, and to communicate their approach and findings.

Learning Outcome


  • account for general and specific methods relevant to the production and evaluation of knowledge about risk and security.
  • critically discuss the broader research strategies and traditions relevant to security risk management.



  • select relevant methods and tools of risk assessment and management in relation to specific tasks.
  • evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of methods and research strategies, as well as the reliability, validity, precision and relevance of various forms of data and information.



  • independently identify and improve the knowledge base for critical decisions about security risks.
  • develop and implement solutions based on the best available evidence in complex and changing security environments.

Course literature is a syllabus of 900 pages.

The course is a combination of classroom lectures, exercises and discussions.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 168
  • Exam
  • 79
  • Total
  • 275
Continuous feedback during the course
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
The exam is a five-day written assignment, based on a set of questions. The exam paper must apply required readings and make use of data presented during the course.
Exam registration requirements

Eligibility for the exam is premised on completion of work on the data and oral presentation of the results, to be approved by the lecturer.

Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
The exam and re-sit exam are assessed by an internal examiner

- In the semester where the course takes place: Free written assignment

Criteria for exam assesment

The exam and re-sit exam are assessed by an internal examiner