Theories of Risk and Crisis

Module code: MN7631

During the last forty years, risk has increasingly become of interest to social analysts and practitioners. Risk, however, is not a new problem. It could be argued that humans have been attempting to manage the problem of risk for as long as they have had powers of cognition. Certainly, from examining early documentary sources, the risk issue has been considered for almost as long as writing itself.

In the complex social world in which we now live, particularly since the 1980s, risk has emerged as a key concept for the social sciences. Some theorists have even suggested that risk represents a fundamental principle for organisation in the social sciences.

Topics covered

  • A Theory of Crisis
  • Systems Ideas and Risks
  • Health and Safety Management
  • The management of organisational risks
  • Safety Culture


  • 150 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 4,000 words (100%)