Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Environmental Risks: Assessment and Management, 7.5 credits
(Miljörisker: bedömning och hantering, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1158MJ
Subject area: Environmental Science
Main field of study: Environmental Science
Academic school: School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplinary domain: Natural Sciences 50% Social Sciences 50%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2018-04-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health or Media and Communication Studies, or equivalent, as the main field of studies.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • explain the multifaceted and interdisciplinary nature of environmental risk assessment and management
  • analyse the different meanings and roles of risk assessment, risk evaluation, risk management and risk governance, as well as describe the relationship between these concepts
  • assess similarities and differences in risk assessment and risk management among important environmental issues such as climate change, chemical pollution, biodiversity impacts
  • analyse the implications of complexity, uncertainty and socio-political ambiguity for the assessment and management of environmental risks
  • motivate and specify the need for integrating social and natural science based approaches

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    During the course, the role of risk assessment in environmental management is scrutinised by studying the methods that are used, as well as the underlying theory and assumptions. Moreover, interactions between institutions performing risk assessments and those of importance for risk management and governance are examined. Finally, similarities and differences among various environmental risk issues are explored through in-depth case studies and comparisons between risks such as climate change and chemical pollution.

    • Environmental Risks: Assessment and Management, 7,5 credits
      (Miljörisker: bedömning och hantering, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Environmental Risks: Assessment and Management, 7,5 credits
      (Miljörisker: bedömning och hantering, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. Course design

    The course includes lectures, presentations of case studies and seminars.

    Students conduct a supervised case study project in which the assessment and management of a specific environmental risk issue are analysed and compared with other environmental risks. Case study projects are, as far as possible, linked to ongoing research projects.

    6. Examination format

    Examination consists of:
  • A written case study project report
  • Oral presentations
  • Peer review of another student’s case study project
  • Seminar attendance

    A project report that fails the examination at the end of the course may be revised and resubmitted a maximum of two times. If, after these revisions, the project report still does not pass, the student will be required to write a new project report.

    Absence from seminars may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for through written assignments. However, this does not apply to the mandatory project presentation seminar, which includes a peer review of another student’s case study project. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student takes the course again.
    The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.
  •  The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    HT 2018VT 20192018-05-17Programrådet för Master´s Programme in Environmental Science
    HT 20192019-06-03Programrådet för master i miljövetenskap

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

    9. Other stipulations
    Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1096MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).