Science, Institutions and Power (751N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

You explore how since the Second World War, key assumptions underpinning science and technology policy have been widely discussed, challenged and reframed.

The challenges relate to many aspects of policy including:

  • the funding of science
  • regulation of science
  • evaluation of science
  • technology and innovation (STI)
  • provision of technology and scientific advice.

Critiques of linear models of funding science and interaction between evidence producers and policymakers and decision-makers have led to fundamental change in the way STI policy and related interventions are understood. In a variety of ways these new understandings have led to change in the way science funding and policy is devised and implemented. Analytical and policy shifts are both related to and have impacts on power relationships and structures.

In this module you explore the shifts in analytical perspectives and policy frameworks and interrogate STI’s growing complexity and develop understandings of current approaches to STI policy in historical and geographical context.

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 289 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.