Sociological and psychological aspects of safety

Course Code :2000RECSPA
Study domain:Safety Science
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:48
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Anne Bergmans

3. Course contents *

During this course, the students are introduced to key concepts and theories concerning safety, unsafety and risks from various sociologic and psychological approaches.

A selection of relevant topics from sociology and psychology are treated.

Within these topics, attention is given to the modes of thought typical of the sociologic and psychological discipline.

This enables the student to become familiar with sociology and psychology as a science and to acquire a critical scientific insight into the importance of both disciplines to a general safety set of mind. 

The following topics are discussed: attention to safety in late-modern society (globalization, risk society, culture of fear, ...); institutional trust; safety as a social construction; normal accident theory (NAT) and high reliability theory (HROT); the psychometric approach; the perception of risks and safety by laymen and experts; cognitive and affective heuristics; gender, politics and emotions when assessing risks and safety; aggression; subjectivity and objectivity of unsafety (emotions); models of behavioural change and levels of policy and organization.