CDSn4003 Modern Technologies and Conflicts

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Jakub Drmola, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Marek Dvořáček (assistant)
Mgr. Jan Kleiner, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jakub Drmola, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Communicative level of english is required for active participation.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of this course is to explore both the positive and negative impacts of technological progress on conflicts in the broadest sense.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand, think about and evaluate possible or probable impacts of new technologies on human conflicts and warfare.
  • - history of technology and warfare
  • - space security
  • - cyber security
  • - autonomy and artificial intelligence
  • - new weapon systems and materials
  • - medicine and biotechnology
  • - energy and climate change
    required literature
  • CARUS, W. Seth (2001): Bioterrorism and Biocrimes. Center for Counterproliferation Research, National Defense University.
  • KELLER DP, FENG EY, OSCHLIES A, (2014): “Potential climate engineering effectiveness and side effects during a high carbon dioxide-emission scenario.” Nature Communications.
  • SCHROGL, Kai-Uwe, Peter L. HAYS, Jana ROBINSON, Denis MOURA a Christina GIANNOPAPA. Handbook of Space Security: Policies, Applications and Programs. New York: Springer. ISBN ISBN 978-1-4614-2028-6
  • WOOLF, Amy F. (2014): Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles. Congressional Research Service.
  • SCHARRE, Paul. Army of none : autonomous weapons and the future of war. First edition. London: W.W. Norton & Company. ix, 436. ISBN 9780393356588. 2018. info
  • KELLY, Kevin. The inevitable : understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future. New York: Viking. vi, 328. ISBN 9780525428084. 2016. info
  • HABER, William. Security, Freedom, and Modern Technology. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 1947. info
Teaching methods
The course consists of mixture of lecturing, discussions, presentations and student activities.
Assessment methods
Grade is based on the final exam, written essay and activity during semester.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2024, recent)
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