Units of Study

GOVT3996 - Science, Tech and International Security

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Frank Smith


Science and technology have been intimately involved with security ever since mankind discovered fire and started using tools. This interdisciplinary unit considers how scientific facts and technical artifacts influence security and, conversely, how security influences science and technology. Through advanced reading, independent research, seminar discussions, and other exercises, students will analyze and apply a wide variety of perspectives - strategic, organizational, cultural, and ethical, among others - to evaluate the complex relationship between modern science, advanced technology, and international security.


1.5hr exam (25%) and 4000wd analytical essay (50%) and 500wd equivalent group presentation (10%) and seminar participation (15%)


1x2-hr seminar/week


12 Senior credit points from Government and International Relations, including GOVT2225




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