Artificial Intelligence and Policies for Technological Revolutions (996N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The module examines policies and strategies for dealing with radical technical change, focusing on Artificial Intelligence (Al). Concepts from innovation studies are introduced to define the nature and boundaries of 'radical innovation'. The concepts of Long-waves, Macro-inventions, Technoeconomic paradigms, General Purpose Technologies and diffusion, are examined for their policy and strategy implications. Insights from the history of ICT, together with recent developments on bioinformatics and outer-space exploration are discussed to identify commonalities and differences among radical changes and their implications for energy, information and goods and services production and distribution.

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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: