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Sociology Ma, Sociological Risk Theory, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: SO019A
Subject/Main field: Sociologi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/30/2006
Date of change: 3/25/2015
Version valid from: 8/31/2015


The aim of the course is to give deeper knowledge of sociological theories of risks and the role of risk in contemporary society.

Course objectives

After the course is completed, the student should show capacity to:
- describe and compare sociological theories about risk
- analyze and critically interpret risk from a sociological perspective
- independently identify and investigate a problem within the area of risk.


The course covers theories of risk. In addition to advanced elaboration of theory by individual reading and seminar discussions of the literature, the course also includes an element in which the students choose, in consultation with the teacher, a theoretical problem to analyze based on the course´s overall purpose.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with a major (90 Credits) in a main field of study within the behavioural or social sciences.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching will take place as lectures and seminars.

Examination form

Examination will take the form of participation at seminars, individual written exams and a researchreport. There are compulsory elements.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Amoore, Louise. & De Godede, Marieke
Title: Risk and the War on Terror. 8 ed.
Edition: 2008
Publisher: Routledge

Author: Beck, Ulrich
Article title: Critical Theory of World Risk Society: A Cosmopolitan Vision
Journal: Constellations
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2009, 16(1), 3-22

Author: Beck, Ulrich
Article title: Why 'Class' is too Soft a Category to Capture the Explosiveness of Social Inequality at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century.
Journal: The British Journalof Sociology
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2013, 64(1), 63-74

Author: Dake, Karl
Article title: Myths of Nature: Culture and the Social Construction of Risk
Journal: Journal of Social Issues
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 1992, 48(4), 21-37

Author: Douglas, Mary
Title: Risk and Blame. Essays in Cultural Theory
Edition: 2002
Publisher: London: Routledge
Comment: Valda delar

Author: Hannah-Moffat, K & O´Malley, P
Title: Gendered Risks
Edition: 2007
Publisher: London: Routledge Cavendish Publishing

Author: Lupton, Deborah & Tulloch, John
Article title: `Risk is Part of Your Life': Risk Epistemologies Among a Group of Australians.
Journal: Sociology
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2002, 36(2), 317-334

Author: Mythen, Gabe
Article title: Reappraising the risk society thesis: telescopic sight or myopic vision?
Journal: Current Sociology
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2007, 55(6), 793-813

Author: O'Malley, Pat
Article title: "Uncertainty Makes Us Free". Liberalism, risk and individual security.
Journal: Behemoth: A journal on civilisation
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2009, 2(3), 24-38

Author: Wilkinson, Ian.
Title: Risk, Vulnerability and Everyday Life. The New Sociology
Edition: 2009
Publisher: Routledge

Artiklar tillkommer.

Other information

Scientific articles will be added.

Examination according to this syllabus is possible one year after being registered on the course. Those who have not passed the course and want to take the exam should contact the Director of Studies.