Risk is everywhere and is high up on the political agenda, but it raises hard political and ethical problems.
Informed by her research, Alice has designed a third-year undergraduate module called Risk to address these questions. For example, what do we mean when we say,"it’s better to be safe than sorry"? Should we take a precautionary approach to the regulation of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence or gene editing? Should we leave these questions to the experts, or should the general public play a role in decisions about how to regulate risks?
Underlying these questions are issues of justice, fairness and democracy that are core to the discipline of political theory. This module shows students recent developments in the ethics and politics of risk and helps them to think through the implications for how we ought to lead our political lives.
Alice’s students will gain a new perspective on everyday political events, exploring the values that underlie some of the important political choices that face us.