European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

Communication & Risk Governance

Course code: 161326
Language of instruction: English
Duration of the course: 23 days (207h)
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr. h.c. Ortwin Renn (Universit├Ąt Stuttgart (ZIRIUS)), Prof. Dr. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH)
Assessment: Transfer Paper C
Credit points: 7 CPs

Short description

The module includes topics such as risk governance concepts, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, emerging risks, business communication and related topics. A presentation of the principles of modern risk governance includes its main elements (IRGC framework): a) pre-assessment, b) risk appraisal, c) risk characterization and evaluation, d) risk management and e) risk communication. In addition, it looks at the basic elements of the concept of Corporate (Social) Responsibility (CSR) and its practical application in industry. The module continues by presenting theoretical backgrounds and state-of-the-art research issues on perception and communication of risk. The understanding of communication processes and the improving of information and communication techniques related to risk and hazards are central themes of the course.


At the end of the module attendees are expected to:

  • have extended knowledge about the research areas
  • understand the basics of reactions to various risk and hazards
  • understand and be able to utilize communication tools in smaller groups as well as larger societal settings.
  • be able to identify and engage with stakeholders
  • master the concepts, terms and definitions related to social responsibility
know how to deal with:
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Risk appraisal
  • Risk characterization and evaluation
  • E-risk communication
  • Specific methods and techniques (e.g. Delphi)

Target Attendees / Participants

University students of Steinbeis European Master Program in Risk Engineering and Management, and similar programs

Course Content by Units

-Risk perception research

-Risk communication research

-Experimental and field work results

-Public participation processes

-IRGC framework


-Risk appraisal

-Risk characterization and evaluation

-E-risk communication

-Specific methods and techniques (e.g. Delphi)

-iCSR main concepts and decision making framework

-Risk management and/in iCSR and technology related issues of iCSR - Life Cycle Analysis

-iCSR in the European Union

-iCSR in international environment

-iCSR reporting - GRI G3

-SRI (Social Responsible Investing) and iCSR

Teaching Methods

The course includes:

  • introductory note explaining aim and structure of the course, and used methodology as well
  • ex cathedra lecturing illustrated by number of examples
  • review of main topics in the end of each lecturing unit
  • Brainstorming sessions and practical work
  • direct contacts/visits to the main stakeholders
  • Case studies


Defined in the courses

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(Course profile ID: IV, generated on September 25, 2021)