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Risk, trust and foresight - theoretical perspectives on social change 7.5 Credits

Risk, tillit och förutsebarhet - teoretiska perspektiv på samhällsförändring
Second cycle, S7018A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

Bachelors degree in social sciences.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
At the end of the course the student should have knowledge about

  • Knowledge about different established perspectives about social and cultural change, nationally and internationally.
  • Identify connections between social, cultural and economical changes at macro level and consequenses at individual level.
  • Be able to do different analysis where theoretical concepts are used at different societal levels, for instance local municipalities social, cultural economical conditions in a global context.
  • Be able to understand and analyse different events in relation to global communication in a changing risk society.

The course treats theories about how social change such as globilazation have consequences for human beings in social, cultural and economic concern in a regional and local context. Special focus on peoples experience of risk (for example environment, labormarket, economy, relations, culture) and trust on different social institutions (for example authorities, enterprises, intrest organisations) and how this can affect the self and the understandning of the world around.

The litterature will be discussed with in lecturers and seminars. A seminar is part of the examination where the student presents an eligible theoretical theme. Beyond that examination is done in a written paper where theoretical perspectives are applied on concrete and accuring problem.

Seminar 2,5 hp
Assignment report 5,0 hp

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Mats Jakobsson

Literature. Valid from Spring 2012 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Beck, Ulrich (2000). Risksamhället: på väg mot en annan modernitet. Göteborg; Daidalos.
Castells, Manuel (2000). Informationsåldern: ekononomi, samhälle och kultur. Bd 2, Identitetens makt. Göteborg: Daidalos.
Giddens, Anthony (2010). En skenande värld: hur globaliseringen är på väg att förändra våra liv. 2. uppl. Stockholm:SNS förlag.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

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Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 07 Feb 2011

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2017