- Code SCOM6027
- 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 Policy Studies, Political Communication, Science, Science Communication
The interface between science and political decision making is of fundamental importance to modern society. Yet while our techniques of scientific enquiry have allowed us to learn ever more about the world - and our collective ability to enact change has become ever more powerful - the relationship between scientific knowledge and political action has never been entirely smooth. Indeed, things may even be getting worse. This course traces the dynamics, contours and fractures of the interface between science and politics.
Topics covered include: uses of science in political decision making; differing attitudes to scientific advice and the values underpinning them; ways of countering hostility to science; the role of new technology in changing the dynamics of the relationship between science and politics. Case studies may include climate change, artificial intelligence, diversity in science, asteroid mining, recreational drugs, invasive species, genetically modified food.
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:
- Locate and critically assess literature relevant to political debate and policy formation from a wide variety of sources.
- Drawing on a range of scientific and other sources, compose clear, persuasive and contextualised arguments for a range of audiences.
- Understand and describe the key issues guiding the science / policy interaction.
- Engage experts in debate by questioning and critiquing their presentations.
- 5 Opinion pieces drawing on relevant literature to address key science policy questions (5 x 15%, LO1, LO2, LO3)
- Collaborative literature review (5% total, LO1)
- Questions and discussions with experts (5%, LO4)
- Reflective essay collating learning (15%, LO3)
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Workload2 hour weekly seminar, 2 hours online discussion forum, 6 hours study time per week
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4361||20 Feb 2023||27 Feb 2023||31 Mar 2023||26 May 2023||In Person||N/A|
|4362||20 Feb 2023||27 Feb 2023||31 Mar 2023||26 May 2023||Online||N/A|