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RISK COMMUNICATION AND PERCEPTION

CODE 104394
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 5 cfu during the 2nd year of 10553 ENGINEERING FOR NATURAL RISK MANAGEMENT(LM-26) - SAVONA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-PSI/06
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • SAVONA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Presentation

     

    People’s behaviour in relation to a risk depends on many factors: cognitive, emotional, social, political, and cultural. Risk communication faces the challenging goal to tackle as many factors as possible, in order to foster a proper perception of risks and, consequently, safe behaviors. This loop between perception and communication must be monitored. This course will address these issues, in order to provide the tools to promote resilience and safety of a community.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course will address the topic of risk from a psychosocial perspective, as it is perceived by stakeholders and as it is communicated among them. The adequate approach to risk will interpret the events with the proper perspective, allowing the system (i.e., the community, the political and technical administrators) to prevent or reduce the exposure to risk. The Resilience Engineering approach will be proposed, in order to enable the system to adjust its functions prior to, during, or following changes and disturbances, and thereby sustain required operations under both expected and unexpected conditions. In addition, the course will address the issue of risk communication with the community, both in proactive (risk awareness and preparedness) and reactive conditions (emergency management).ng

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After an introduction to the several approaches to investigate and model human risk perception, we will describe the communication strategies more effective for promoting a proper risk perception in the community.

    At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

    - describe the main approaches to model risk perception

    - apply the risk perception theories to specific case studies and different environmental risks

    - describe on the most recent communication strategies to trigger behavioural changes in citizens

    - list the main phases of risk communication plans

    - apply the communication principles to specific case studies

    - describe the main characteristics of crisis communication

    - apply the principles of resilience engineering to environmental risk communication

    - describe the most recent approaches and researches about participatory risk management

    PREREQUISITES

    No prerequisites needed

    TEACHING METHODS

    ·      Frontal teaching

    ·      Case studies

    ·      Video analysis

    ·      Group activities

    ·      Talks

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Syllabus

    - introduction to the course

    - definition of risk and risk perception

    - rational approach to risk perception

    - neurophysiology of risk perception

    - risk perception and decision making

    - bounded rationality

    - heuristics and biases

    - the psychometric paradigm of risk perception

    - personal characteristics that affect risk perception

    - social and cultural factors in risk perception

    - risk perception models

    - risk communication models

    - nudge approach to risk communication

    - effective communication of risks

    - crisis communication

    - dealing with the media

    - building community resilience

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    - slides on aulaweb

    - Pamela (Ferrante) Walaski (2011). Risk and Crisis Communications: Methods and Messages, New York, Wiley.

    - David Ropeik (2010). How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts. McGraw-Hill

     

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    FABRIZIO BRACCO (President)

    MICHELE MASINI

    ANDREINA BRUNO (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Students with learning disorders ("disturbi specifici di apprendimento", DSA) will be allowed to use specific modalities and supports that will be determined on a case-by-case basis in agreement with the delegate of the Engineering courses in the Committee for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities.

     

    Exam for students attending the course

    The exam is structured in two steps:

    1. presentation of a research paper chosen among those posted on the Aulaweb page of the course. The assignment is a powerpoint presentation where you provide a detailed description of the paper. After each presentation, all the other students must ask at least one question to the presenter.

    2. Oral exam discussing the issues raised by the research paper and the topics of the whole program (slides and handbooks).

     

    Exam for students not attending the course

    -        Oral exam discussing the topics of the whole program (slides and handbooks).

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    For students attending the course, the assessment will concern:

    - capacity to synthetise the main topics of the chosen paper

    - capacity to express the contents with clarity and precision of terminology

    - capacity to link the presentation to the topics discussed in the program

     

    For students not attending the course, the assessment will concern:

    - capacity to express the program contents with clarity and precision of terminology

    - capacity to link the topics discussed in the program with real cases

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    12/01/2023 15:00 SAVONA Orale Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
    12/01/2023 15:00 SAVONA Registrazione Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
    12/01/2023 15:00 SAVONA Scritto Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
    01/02/2023 09:00 SAVONA Orale
    01/02/2023 09:00 SAVONA Scritto
    01/02/2023 09:00 SAVONA Registrazione
    16/02/2023 09:00 SAVONA Orale
    16/02/2023 09:00 SAVONA Registrazione
    16/02/2023 09:00 SAVONA Scritto
    01/06/2023 15:00 SAVONA Orale Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
    01/06/2023 15:00 SAVONA Scritto Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
    01/06/2023 15:00 SAVONA Registrazione Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
    19/06/2023 15:00 SAVONA Registrazione
    19/06/2023 15:00 SAVONA Orale
    19/06/2023 15:00 SAVONA Scritto
    12/07/2023 11:00 SAVONA Registrazione per esigenze organizzative, la prova del 13 luglio ore 9 è posticipata al 13 luglio ore 11
    12/07/2023 11:00 SAVONA Orale per esigenze organizzative, la prova del 13 luglio ore 9 è posticipata al 13 luglio ore 11
    12/07/2023 11:00 SAVONA Scritto per esigenze organizzative, la prova del 13 luglio ore 9 è posticipata al 13 luglio ore 11
    07/09/2023 15:00 SAVONA Orale Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
    07/09/2023 15:00 SAVONA Registrazione Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
    07/09/2023 15:00 SAVONA Scritto Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it