Crisis And Risk Communication In Europe

Nikos Panagiotou Christos Frangonikolopoulos

EUJ 216 Crisis And Risk Communication In Europe


About This Course

Course Description

Europe conceivably is dealing with the last phase of a major crisis while at the same time new threats are rising for its security and its way of life. During a crisis, communication is a crucial part of all attempts to handle a perilous situation such as a disaster while at the same time enhances all efforts and actions of managing the consequences of crises and speeding the recovering processes. Similarly risk communication is an indefeasible part of risk management and is closely related to crisis communication. Its purpose is to enable audiences to understand how risks can have an effect to them and their societies.

In liberal and democratic societies such as the ones found in Europe, the importance of engaging the community in dealing with a crisis or a disaster is even more important. The proper argumentation in a scientific but easily explicable way can empower the public to have the right sort of input in regulatory process. “Crisis and risk communication in Europe” through seven topics will enable participants to understand the importance and effects of crisis and risk communication in the contemporary fast changing media and technological environment.

  • Media trends in Europe.

This topic will provide the participants with an insight on media trends in Europe and how they are going to affect communication and human societies in a range so wide covering from home entertainment to even democratic processes.

  • Crisis Management.

This topic will provide the participants with an overview and an understanding of all aspects of crisis management and its stages. In addition, it will cover how risk and crisis communication plays a detrimental role in planning process, crisis handling and in post-crisis, recovery phase.

  • Risk communication and media.

This topic will provide the participants with an outline on the role and importance of media in engaging and informing audiences in risk communication.

  • Risk communication and cyber-security.

This topic will introduce the participants with the concept of cyber security in risk communication and during risk management. It will analyze potential threats and the importance of computer technology in communication.

  • Risk communication and hybrid threats.

This topic will explain to the participants the nature of hybrid threats and non-linear war, the definition of the grey zone of a conflict and the role of risk communication in preparing societies to increase their resilience to hybrid threats.

  • Risk communication and new media trends.

This topic will deliver to the participants with an insight to new media trends in a fast-changing world and the implications of technologies like metaverse, Augmented reality and virtual reality.

  • Risk communication and Artificial Intelligence.

This topic will cover the existing and potential uses of Artificial intelligence in communication and its application in engaging societies with risk communication by providing tools, patterns and data that were not possible to be employed in the past.

Course Evaluation

  1. Presentations and verbal contributions by all students are essential. It is expected that students attend each class. Each student will be responsible for one or two presentations. During the presentation, students present an effective summary of their prescribed reading/research, offer their insight into its arguments/significance and direct class discussion on it.
  2. Each student will write an investigative report (roughly 5.000 words, incl. references/footnotes). Bibliography will be suggested and if possible be provided by the instructor. Students will work and research in greater detail their class presentations or in collaboration with their professor agree on a specific topic they would like to research/write.


Type of work Description Hours
Lectures Thirteen 3-hours lectures 39
Independent study Study of compulsory and optional literature 61
Research Online research 30
Presentations Student in-class presentations (individual or group presentations) 50
Written assignments

Written assignments

Research essay (5000 words) and investigative report (3000 words)

in-class presentations

Total workload 300


Type of assessment Learning outcome Impact on final grade Date of assessment
Participation in group work and discussion 1-2 10% Regularly
In class presentations 1-2, 5 30% 7th and 13th week
Investigative reports 3-4 30% 13th week
Written assignment (essay) 1-5 30% 13th week