Governing Security (969N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from international relations, political science and science and technology studies, you look at the relationship between science and technology and contemporary security.

Drawing from a series of case studies, including ‘cyberweapons’ and drones, you critically explore how developments in technology have influenced the way in which security is practised, wars are fought and terrorism undertaken; but also, how contestable perceptions of security have socially shaped certain technological options (and ignored other possibilities).

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: