MOOC: Risk in Modern Society

Scientists from the Centre for Safety and Security developed a brand-new Massive Open Online Course ‘Risk in Modern Society’. This online course deals with new and complex forms of threat in modern society, including industrial and natural disasters, infectious diseases, terrorism and violent crime. The curriculum concerns issues such as: what is a threat, how can we analyze this and is there a difference between perceived and real threat? Answers are found from different perspectives, such as criminology, philosophy, computer science and medical sciences.

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Risk in Modern Society

Nowadays, under the influence of science and technology, we are confronted with many new and complex forms of risk. In recent years, significant changes have occurred in the nature of these risks, not only in terms of their reach and scale, but also in society’s ability to effectively manage them. 

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Technological developments have led to the emergence of many new risks  @Image copyright US Coast Guard

Contemporary approaches to risk

The online course Risk in Modern Society sheds light on the broad concept of risk. As a learner you will find answers to questions such as: what is risk, how do we study and deal with risk? And how should we deal with societal perceptions of risk, safety and security? In five weeks, this course closely examines various types of safety and security risks, and how these are perceived and dealt with in a wide array of professional and academic fields.

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Look for information about starting dates on the coursera website. The course takes place in a total of 5 weeks and is taught by teachers connected to the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Security and Safety.

More information:
Go to the online course ‘Risk in Modern Society’.
A Massive Online Open Course on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Risk

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