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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3144: Security, Society, and Algorithms

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes:

  • What is artificial intelligence (AI)?
  • Security challenges in the digital age and their societal impact/how has AI changed the security landscape?
  • AI and data
  • The ethics of AI
  • Adversarial AI
  • Law enforcement and AI in crime detection and prevention.
  • AI and domestic/homeland security issues in wider society
  • AI and extremism
  • AI and the state
  • AI, war, and the international system
  • Building resilience
  • AI governance and law
  • The future of the relationship between AI, society, and security.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x one-hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities126 x two-hour labs
Guided Independent Study36Course readings and coding practice
Guided Independent Study25Reading/research for essay
Guided Independent Study73Group work/research and coding for technical report

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

  • ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages