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Current Issues In Science & Security (Module)

Module description

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years. 


The aims of the module are to:

  • familiarise students with the basic science underlying important contemporary issues in international politics
  • develop a systematic understanding of the relevant concepts and theories from Security Studies, and encourage a critical awareness of the theoretical and empirical debates surrounding them
  • promote the capacity for critical evaluation, independent judgment and communication at a level commensurate with taught postgraduate study
  • foster the skills required for critical analysis of the implications of scientific and technological developments on security
  • provide a framework for original analysis of the historical and contemporary role of scientific developments in shaping security problems

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have:

  • a basic understanding of the science underlying contemporary issues in international politics
  • the ability to analyse critically technical claims made in the field of international security an ability to provide politically-informed technical analysis in the field of science and security
  • critically engaged with key concepts and theories used in security studies, and applied those concepts and theories to an analysis of current and historical security issues
  • carried out original, critical analysis of the impact of scientific and technological developments on security, using knowledge of the science involved and tools drawn from IR theory and security studies
  • practised a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills, through participation in classes and through the preparation and submission of course work

Staff information

Dr Hassan Elbahtimy*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a one term 20-credit module, this will equate to 20 hours of teaching (2 hours per week) with 180 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework & Exam*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM021

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 20

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No