Class Gestão e Comunicação de Risco

  • Presentation


    This class provides students with a set of contents that allows them to acquire knowledge and develop practical skills and behaviors, necessary for carrying out activities in terms of risk management and risk communication, using scientific research, case studies analysis, promoting debate, communication, creativity, and development of critical thinking.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. Thematic framework
    2. Definition of main concepts: hazard, risk, disaster and catastrophe; risk perception; risk communication, risk analysis, risk management, risk governance
    3. Legal framework, prevention and management tools
    4. Natural and Technological Risks
    5. Risks to human health: context and history of accidents
    6. Analysis of case studies (causes, consequences, control and mitigation measures)
      1. Risk analysis and assessment methodologies: Hazard identification and characterization; Exposure assessment (toxicity); Dose-response assessment; Risk characterization
    7. Risk communication and governance. The importance of participation and integration of populations in risk management. The success of prevention and the need for mitigation
    8. Risk Management
    9. Case Study: analysis
  • Objectives


    Empower students to acquire basic knowledge related to risk management and communication and its application to support the resolution of global and complex problems. Analysis and risk assessment methodologies for human health and the environment resulting from exposure to environmental contaminants will be developed and applied. The multidimensions and visions of risk science will be discussed, and case studies of accidents and occurrences will be analyzed that allow the application of methodologies, including hazard identification and characterization, exposure assessment, dose-response assessment, risk characterization and management and communication of risks. Knowledge about the perception of risk and conditioning of the success of communication. Communication as an integral part of risk management and its use as a decision support tool. The importance of collaborative mechanisms in risk governance in the individual and the collective.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Expository/interrogative method; development of works and challenges using bibliographic research and the internet; the individual/group works, case studies have the objective of applying and amplifying acquired knowledge, reflection and discussion.

    Use of active learning methodologies, namely: Case Study Analysis; Brainstorming; Role Play, Mentimeter, Flipped Learning, Mind Maps, Systemic Thinking, privileging the 4 C's of Education (Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity).

    Continuous assessment with attendance of students to a minimum of 2/3 of the classes, completion of worksheets and group work written and oral presentation, and debate. A frequency will be performed minimum grade 10(9,5). Works developed will have a weight of 60% in the evaluation and the frequency 40%.

    Written examination for unsuccessful students; minimum grade 10 (9.5).

  • References


    Abreu-Santos, I., Vasconcelos, L. & Miranda-Pires, I. (2017). Learning from risk: lessons from L’Aquila and Japan /Aprender del riesgo: lecciones de L’Aquila y Japón. Psyecology, DOI 10.1080/21711976.2016.1267854.

    ATDSR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry). (2005). Public Health Assessment Guidance Manual,

    APA/ GERA (2008a). Requisitos do Sistema de Gestão de Segurança para a Prevenção de Acidentes Graves.

    Bech, U. (2015). Sociedade de Risco Mundial. Edições 70, Portugal.

    EEA (European Environmental Agency). (2018). Chemicals for a sustainable future. Report of the EEA Scientific Committee Seminar, Copenhagen, 17 May 2017.

    European Environment Agency. (2019). The European environment — state and outlook 2020, Knowledge for transition to a sustainable Europe.

    Ferguson, N. (2021). Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. Penguin Random House, UK.

    Miller, G.T. & Spoolman, E.S. (2021). Living in the Environment. Cengage.

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