Postgraduate Course: Science and Society B (BIME11088)
|School||School of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course will examine the nature of scientific knowledge. It will explore the scientific method, reflect on established and contested aspects of scientific knowledge and their application in technological advances. Students will examine the communication of science within and beyond the academic community and develop an awareness of how perceptions and (mis) understandings arise. Using contemporary examples and contexts, students will discuss potential stakeholders for issues involving science and identify sources of information, misinformation available to the stakeholders. The course will explore the role of the media in science communication and the alignment and tensions between the objectives of the scientist and the media.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 45,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1.Critical assessment of a selected report /review on the nature of the science media interaction. (2000 words).
2.A press release for a selected topic. (300 words)
|No Exam Information
| On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:
An understanding of the nature of science and how it is communicated.
An understanding of the differing motivations and perceptions in non-specialist engagement with science.
An understanding of the scientist/media relationship.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Elizabeth Stevenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3258
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Sandford
Tel: (0131 6)51 5470
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