MSci Zoology / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Science & the Modern World

Course unit fact file
Unit code HSTM10221
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

What is science? And why does science have such authority in our society and culture? You don’t have to be Einstein to find an answer!

This unit explores the place of science in human affairs using examples from past and present. It uses non- specialist vocabulary to help us understand why we trust scientists and where that reliance comes from historically. It also invites you to reflect critically on the methods scientific experts use and the influence they exercise in the modern world.

Through a variety of case studies showing scientists at work, this unit analyses their ambitions, successes and the controversies that their research created. A variety of resources, from scientists’ writings to literature and film, will be used to introduce humanities and science students to different ways of understanding science in the past and the present.

 

Pre/co-requisites

 

 

Aims

This unit explores the place of science in human affairs using examples from past and present. It uses non-specialist vocabulary to help us understand why we trust scientists and where that reliance comes from historically. It also invites you to reflect critically on the methods scientific experts use and the influence they exercise in the modern world.

 

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

Describe the range and complexity of the modern sciences in the context of their historical development
Describe the role of the sciences in modern culture
Analyse different ways of thinking about the sciences within contemporary society, including the views of non-scientific audiences and issues around authority and trust
Defend well-argued contributions to interdisciplinary group debates
Prepare a well-argued and evidence-based written report

In addition, for 20 credits:

Research and write a literature-based review, integrating scientific, historical and social viewpoints

 

Syllabus

 

 

Teaching and learning methods

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Report 50%

Feedback methods

Students are encouraged to ask questions at any time during lectures and seminars. Teaching staff answers queries in the class and also by email or during office hours (contact details in the course handbook or at lectures). All submitted coursework will be returned with annotations and comments explaining the rationale for the marks given.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Naylor Unit coordinator

Return to course details