Postgraduate Course: Science in Context (BIME11144)
|School||Deanery 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||This course explores the development of science communication from a broadly social perspective. The course considers the social, cultural and political context in which the science communication agenda has emerged over the past 20 years, and how this in turn, has informed the governance of science and technology. A key theme pursued throughout the course is that of knowledge and expertise in the context of societal issues in which science is a factor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 25,
Summative Assessment Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. On-going contribution to discussion boards (40% of the total mark).
2. 1000 word Written assignment (60% of the total mark)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A critical understanding of the deficit model in science communication.
- A critical understanding of policy debates about science communication and public engagement.
- An ability to Identify, conceptualise and offer original and creative insights into debates and discussion around the developing science communication and public engagement context.
- A critical understanding of the social and political aspects of lay-expert relations and how social science analysis can further our understanding of these issues.
|Reading material will be released on a week-by-week basis throughout the duration of the course.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Blackboard Learn as the delivery platform.
|Course organiser||Dr Elizabeth Stevenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3258
|Course secretary||Ms Jenn Liedtke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160