ASRK22005U Risk and Uncertainty in a Connected World

Volume 2022/2023

Security Risk Management

Only open for students from MSc in Security Risk Management

The course is unfortunately not for exchange students.


The course provides in-depth analysis of key security domains – e.g. finance, health, climate and ‘cyber’. Students will consider the extent to which prevailing approaches to risk analysis and risk management confront deep challenges associated with technological innovation, extreme connectivity and ’non-linear’ dynamics in natural, human and virtual systems. The course pays attention to the ways in which the security domains have become key sites for thinking about the emergence of prevailing uncertainty and the extent to which that uncertainly can be (a) transformed into calculable risk and/or (b) brought within the control of human agents. By devoting a block of the course to the included security domains in turn, students will discuss and analyze their common features and distinctive dynamics.

The course constitutes 7,5 ECTS credits.


Learning Outcome


  • master key debates about risk, uncertainty and the dilemmas of managing non-linear systems.
  • identify the particular dynamics and problems in different risk and security domains, as well as their common features.



  • diagnose challenges in specific risk domains where a mixture of rapid technological change, extreme connectivity and prevailing uncertainty have become normal features.
  • select theories and methods relevant to particular risk domains and conduct critical analysis within and across these 17



  • work creatively and effectively on solutions suited to the demands of complex and non-linear systems
  • head and coordinate efforts within particular risk and security domains

Course literature is a syllabus of 900 pages set by the lecturer and approved by the Board of Studies.

Classes will consist of a mixture of mini-lectures, small group exercises (including problem-oriented discussions and role-play simulations) and plenary presentations/​discussions.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Total
  • 28
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
Type of assessment details
Free written assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

- In the semester in which the course takes place: Free written assignment

- In subsequent semesters: Free written assignment

Criteria for exam assesment

Criteria for achieving the goals:

  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner