|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||40%|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 3,500 word essay||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay, if essay element failed||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 3,500 word essay, if essay element failed||60%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify and explain disease-related security issues, drawing on fields of knowledge including international relations, applied ethics, law, microbiology, and public health.
2. Explain, apply and critique theoretical principles that link health and security.
3. Analyse and critique the assumptions underpinning security-oriented policies on public health and scientific research.
4. Evaluate and generate ideas for responding to disease-based security challenges.
5. Demonstrate empirical knowledge of a range of past, present and potential disease risks.
This module explores the security significance of infectious disease threats to human health. Historical experiences with smallpox and plague, and the contemporary challenges posed by AIDS and pandemic influenza, show that pathogenic micro-organisms can exercise a powerful influence over human civilization. Incorporating global and local perspectives, the module examines: the problem of biological weapons; the securitization of naturally-occurring disease outbreaks; security risks and ethical dilemmas arising from laboratory research; and the relationships between disease patterns, public health capacity, state functioning, and violent conflict
2 Disease and armed conflict
3 HIV and AIDS
5 Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
6 Pandemic Influenza
7 Biological weapons (I): science and history
8 Biological weapons (II): state and non-state actors
9 Biosecurity, scientists and the law
10 The dual use dilemma in the life sciences
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||N/A|
|Communication||By communicating research findings succinctly via a well-written and word-limited essay.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||By writing a second essay that improves upon the first because it is responsive to feedback.|
|Information Technology||By using online platforms to conduct research for and submit essays.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||By engaging in learning activities designed to develop students’ intellectual autonomy.|
|Problem solving||By advancing an argument, in essays and in seminar exercises, in response to a question.|
|Research skills||By conducting research using well-selected library and internet-based resources.|
|Subject Specific Skills||N/A|
|Team work||By engaging in group exercises in seminars.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7