SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN322801
Module Leader Claire MacRae
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Risk
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

360 credit points at level 1,2 and 3 or equivalent in a related/relevant subject

Summary of Content

This module relates theories, principles and practices of risk management to specific areas of the public sector, for example local government and the National Health Service. PRME are covered in the discussion of the social, as opposed to the commercial and financial, aspects of risk


-360b7 Public sector: development and management b7 Managing risk in the public sector b7 The differences between public and private sector risk management b7 The organisation and functions of local authorities. b7 The specific reasons behind the growth in local authority risk management b7 Risk management policies and practices in local authorities. b7 The role of central government in PSRM b7 Risk management implications of central government policy: the case of Public Private Partnerships b7 Local authority risk financing. b7 European Convention on Human Rights: the implications for PSRM b7 Partnering and Outsourcing: The potential rewards and risks local authorities b7 The 2007-2009 credit crisis - risk management perspective b7 Socio-economic impact b7 Impact on public services b7 The evolving plurality of models for public service provision, similarities and differences b7 Risk implications b7 The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) as a central plank of the SNP strategy to finance Scotland's public service infrastructure b7 SFT and the transfer of risk b7 What is the Big Society and its rationale? b7 Risks introduced by the Big Society b7 Why is risk management relevant to health and social care services? b7 The costs of clinical and non-clinical risk b7 An innovative approach to risk and quality assessment in the regulation of care services in Scotland b7 How LAs can mitigate social risk related to adverse outcomes of UK austerity measures through their intermediary role b7 Whether and how they protect disadvantaged communities and minimize exacerbation of inequalities.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to: 1. Identify and critically evaluate those aspects of public sector management theory which impact upon risk management within the sector.2. Discuss what is meant by 'social risk'3. Analyse and discuss the effect of central government policy upon public sector organisations.4. Critically evaluate different financial and structural models of operation for public sector risk management.5. Justify and discuss the use of particular risk management strategies for specific areas of the public sector.6. Discuss innovative approaches to public service provision and the associated risks.7. Evaluate the shifting balance of public risk focusing on the role of public sector risk management in challenging economic conditions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning outcomes for this module are based upon lectures which provide students with the essential knowledge of the key topic areas. These are supplemented by tutorials, which allow the application and deeper discussion of these topic areas. Students are required, either individually or in groups, to make a short seminar presentation. This presentation will require them to conduct some independent research of a range of literature sources.

Indicative Reading

-567 Module readers will be provided and a lengthy list of books, journals and online material is provided in the Module Handbook. For example: Flynn N (2012), Public Sector Management (6 th edition), London, Sage Publications HM Treasury (2006), Risk: Good Practice in Government, Volumes 1 & 2,

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: This module will develop the skills of relating knowledge gained from private sector risk management to the public sector. This will enhance their analytical skills and their ability to take concepts and put them into different contexts. Also, students will require to work in small groups and deliver seminar presentations.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars 11.00
Assessment 46.00
Independent Learning Hours 132.00
Lectures 11.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 3.00 50.00 35% Examination
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Individual Essay 2000 words