Science, Tech and International Security (GOVT3996)


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.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1x2hr seminar/week


1x1.5hr Exam (25%), 1x4000wd analytical Essay (50%), 1x500wd equivalent group presentation (10%), Seminar participation (15%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


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



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.