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Postgraduate Course: Science and Society A (BIME11079)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course explores the development of public engagement from a broadly sociological perspective. It considers the social, cultural and political context in which the public engagement agenda has emerged over the past 20 years, and how this agenda has, in turn, helped shape the governance of science and technology. A key theme pursued throughout the course is the construction of knowledge and expertise in the context of public engagement and in societal issues in which science is a factor.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Online Activities 45, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) An essay (2500 words) that critically engages with and reflects on a set text. Students will be asked to critically reflect on and appraise the underpinning assumptions about public understanding and engagement in the article.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:
An understanding of the deficit model of science communication
An awareness of the development of policy debates about public engagement and an awareness of the key issues
A knowledge of the conceptual tools and theoretical approaches for the study of public engagement from a social science perspective
An understanding of the social and political aspects of lay-expert relations and how a social science analysis can further our understanding of these issues.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSCPE-OLDL-SSa
Contacts
Course organiserDr Elizabeth Stevenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3258
Email: E.Stevenson@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Sandford
Tel: (0131 6)51 5470
Email: Lauren.Sandford@ed.ac.uk
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