This short course will provide information about the importance of individual and group attitudes towards the perception of risk and how this may influence views, conduct and actions in the face of a range of risks including the development of communication methods to disseminate information about risk(s) to a range of audiences and how to determine its effectiveness.
At a glance
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- Duration5 days
- LocationCranfield Campus
- Cost£1,400. Concessions available
Course structureLecture and group work with case studies used to provide context.
What you will learn
On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:
- Describe the "non-science" influences in risk assessment and management using sociological and psychological theories relating to risk perception, attitudes and communication
- Identify and describe drivers that may influence individual or group perceptions and attitudes towards risk in specific scenarios
- Participate in the discourse on the roles in society of different stakeholders (e.g. the media, NGOs, academics, government) with respect to risk assessment issues and to be able to describe to others why they have the beliefs they hold
- Demonstrate skills in listening to concerns from different individuals/groups towards risks and the ability to enter into dialogue with such groups
- Communicate clearly to a range of audiences the impacts of future risks drawing upon the concepts of horizon scanning and using foresight tools, demonstrating the underlying principles and tensions within such techniques
- Develop effective means of communication to suit specific or general situations and how to demonstrate its effectiveness, and critique methods based on theories and evidence.
- What is meant by the perception of risk and how it varies with context
- Attitudes towards risk based on psychological, cultural and other dimensions
- The role of various societal groups (the media, NGOs, etc) in risk issues
- Models of the amplification and attenuation of risk
- Understanding the “fright factors” in risk perception
- Developing trust in societal groups
- Horizon scanning and scenario building tools for communicating future risk to individuals and organisations
- Communicating risk messages to individuals, groups and society at large
- What can go wrong in risk communication.
Upgrade to a professional qualificationCranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.
Who should attendThose individuals who are involved in either risk assessment or management or would like to build their knowledge in how communication to a range of audiences can be influenced by outside factors.
Dr Sophie Rocks - Lecturer in Nanotoxicology
Dr George Prpich
Concessions(20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)
£1,340 - Professional/trade association discount
£1,280 - Multiple bookings*
* Minimum of 5 delegates
Accommodation options and pricesAccommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.
Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.
Location and travel
Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.
London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.
Location addressCranfield University
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