Governing Technology (L2077)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module explores the interaction between states, firms and other stakeholders in the process of technological innovation. In particular, it focuses on the different approaches followed in postindustrial and emerging economies to facilitate and regulate the management of new technologies. The module draws on a range of literature grounded in political science and public policy including:

  • debates on the developmental/regulatory state debates
  • varieties of capitalism
  • risk regulation.

The module combines theoretical and historical perspectives to examine a number of case studies including biotechnologies, clean energy transitions and digital technologies.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 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 2023/24. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: