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Human Risk - PSY00059H

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Rob Jenkins
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

The future of life hinges on human thinking and behaviour. This basic insight puts psychology at the crossroads between extinction and flourishing. When the stakes are high and the risks are growing, what does the science have to say? Navigating risks is more than just crunching the numbers. Decades of research in cognitive science has shown that understanding risk involves grappling with individual differences, context, and societal factors. In this module, we will examine these factors, achieving an up-to-date overview on the psychology of risk, and asking how a scientific approach can help us survive the most important century.

Module learning outcomes

  • Summarise the development of rational approaches to risk
  • Give examples of how everyday risk perception deviates from rational risk assessment in systematic and predictable ways
  • Describe the role of risk at different levels of analysis—brain, person, group, society—and over different timescales
  • Explore the impact of decisions taken now on the future of humanity.

Module content

  • Origins of risk research
  • Hazards and risk perception
  • Development and individual differences
  • Luck and games
  • Frontiers of forecasting
  • Disaster and risk mitigation
  • Extinction risks


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Human Risk
5 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Human Risk
5 hours 100

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Indicative reading

None specified.

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