Artificial Intelligence & Global Digital Policies (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.


69%: Lecture
31%: Seminar


25%: Coursework (Project)
75%: Examination (Take away paper)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.