- Code SCOM8021
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Science Communication
- Areas of interest Science Communication
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Merryn Bryant
- Mode of delivery Online
First Semester 2016
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Science and technology do not exist in isolation. They play a significant role in our lives and are often surrounded by ethical and moral issues that need to be addressed to encourage informed decision making. The multi-cultural society in which we live can strongly influence the way in which individuals view new scientific developments. This course looks at science and how it is communicated in a cultural context, as well as debating the issue of who bears the responsibility when things go wrong. Modern and especially current issues in science are addressed in this course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Recognise the role culture plays in our understanding and evaluation of the benefits of science
2. Explain the techniques and ideas used by science communicators to enhance public awareness of science in the community
3. Discuss how science ethics are intimately linked to culture and society
4. Consider and analyse science in the context of your local community and society at large
5. Appraise how people judge science and its consequences in ways that are far from scientific or science-based
6. Investigate how other people think about science in society
Assessment will be based on:
- Participation in online dicussion forum (25%; LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
- Five end of module assignments (5 x 10% each; LO 1, 2, 4)
- Final report demonstrating critical engagement with the issues of the course (25%; LO 1, 5, 6)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3860||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||Online||N/A|