Soci 3348 - The Sociology of Risk


Course Description

This course will examine how individuals and groups define and manage risk and uncertainty in everyday life.  We will discuss differences in risk tolerance, when and why risk-taking behavior is encouraged and rewarded, when and why it is discouraged and punished, how risks and rewards are distributed, and the consequences of misestimating risk.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: (1) explain major theories of risk (e.g., Edgework, Risk Society, and Governmentality), (2) explain changes in the meaning of risk, (3) explain why individuals engage in voluntary risk-taking behaviors, and (4) explain how and for what purpose various social actors define risk (e.g., the government, the scientific community, etc.). 


Handouts and Downloads








Required Readings



Available in the UTA Library Course Reserves - Direct Link to the Reserves; How to Access the E-Reserves

Available online through the UTA Library - UTA Library Main Page

To find these required articles, you should use the UTA Library web page.  Start by searching for the name of the Journal (in italics below).  You can search for the journal name directly here (in 'Books and more') or in the E-Journal Collection.  Once you locate the online journal, the next step is to browse by year to the correct year.  Following that, use the volume, issue, and page numbers to find the specific reading.  For the Sanders listing above: 26 is the volume, 5 is the issue, and the pages are 557-574.


Feel free to use the online tutorials or contact a reference librarian for help.


You must use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox to access the reserve materials.  If you are using an Apple product, you should download the Firefox browser onto your computer.

UTA Library Main Page (Search here for most required readings)

UTA Library Course Reserves Information

Direct Link to the Reserves


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