From Bombs to Algorithms: Science, Technology, and Global (In)security (016IR)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Science and technology shape not only our lifestyle, but also politics and war. Scientific inventions and technological innovations have been crucial for the development of new weapons and defence systems, yet have also had other roles to play in warfare and political violence in general. How do scientific discoveries and technological innovations respond to the societal and political needs? How do military technologies affect the way wars are fought, regulated, and perceived? How do emerging technologies enable new actors to play a role in security politics? Why are some innovations feared? By focusing on these issues theoretically as well as on concrete empirical examples, the module provides an introduction to the study of security and technology. 


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 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: