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Module code:PSYC3109(Add to my personalised list)
Title:The Social Psychology of Risk
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser:Dr Helene Joffe
Organiser's location:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Organiser's email:h.joffe@ucl.ac.uk
Available for students in Year(s):3,
Module prerequisites:Students must have relevant lower level Psychology or equivalent. “Non-Psychology students (including non-Psychology affiliates) must visit the link below to establish whether they can take this module. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/students/current/subsidiary/subsidiary_psychology Students should have an appropriate background in the subject area and must complete the ‘Module Request Form’, failure to do so will result in rejection on Portico.”  
Module outline:The focus of the module is how lay people in different cultures think, feel and behave in relation to a range of the risks that face them.  
Module aims:This module examines the public response to risks and hazards ranging from earthquakes to climate change, from illnesses to nuclear energy. It explores the range of cultural, social and individual factors that forge such responses. Cultural factors include levels of fatalism in relation to earthquakes, social factors embrace media treatment of risks and its link to lay responses. Such responses can vary across individuals both at the level of representation and of behaviour. The module also delves into what ‘works’ in terms of campaigns devised to engineer change in audience risk behaviours, and finally, the communication of risk in relationship with experts, such as the doctor-patient relationship.  
Module objectives:The module equips students to focus on forces that shape lay responses to risks, including how they ‘see’ such risks and how they prepare for them both at the level of representations and more materially. The lectures provide guided reading with the intention that students develop their own interests within the field. 
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Module timetable:https://cmis.adcom.ucl.ac.uk:4443/timetabling/moduleTimet.do?firstReq=Y&moduleId=PSYC3109 
Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00%. 
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Taking this module as an option?:Not without pre-requisites and approval, see above 
Link to virtual learning environment(registered students only)https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/course/search.php?search=psyc3109 
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