Singapore University of Social Sciences

Impacts of Emerging Technologies

Impacts of Emerging Technologies (SCO163)


In a world where science fiction meets reality, this multidisciplinary course introduces students to cutting-edge technologies that have been integrated in human societies and discusses their socioeconomic, socio-political, geopolitical, and cultural impacts. It relates technological development to the central issue of how humans may co-exist with new technologies, or may even become enhanced/augmented by them in the course of human evolution. It also looks at the concept of dual-use technologies and show how they blur the lines between civilian use and military application. Analyses of public policy debates related to the cutting-edge technological development provide insights into how humankind will navigate technological use in the near future.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: ONLINE - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, This will be administered on-campus.


  • The emergence of robot enhanced societies and its social impacts
  • Diagnosing and hacking the human DNA
  • Human enhancements
  • History of the hypersonic revolution
  • Space race and star wars
  • Mission to Mars and its impact

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the speed, scope and impact of advanced technological revolutions.
  • Explain the socio-political and socioeconomic impacts of cutting-edge technologies.
  • Relate cutting-edge new technologies to the continuing historical evolution of humankind.
  • Identify the nexus and interconnections among globalisation, different platforms and technologies in development.
  • Describe the political, social, and economic challenges of the emergence of hyper-advanced technologies.
  • Show how states and societies can respond to these challenges.
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