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Current Issues In Science & Security (Module)

Module description

*Please note that module information is indicative and is subject to change for future academic years.


The aims of the module are to:

  • introduce students to the evolving landscape of security issues and how they intersect with science and technology

  • 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

  • familiarise students with the basic science underlying important contemporary issues in international politics

  •  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:

  • the ability to critically analyse technical claims made in the field of international security and the 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

For a Half Year 15-credit module, teaching is typically 2 hours per week over 10 weeks, so 20 hours of teaching, as well as 130 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 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No