ARTS 3006 - Science and Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

Where does science fit in a post-truth world? If scientific knowledge is socially constructed, like experiential or other types of knowledge, does that mean that there is nothing special about scientific expertise? Recent geopolitical events, for example the ?March for Science?, have highlighted the complex relationship between scientific knowledge and social, political and economic structures. In this course, we will examine current issues in science and society across key areas, for example climate change and energy, health and medicine, and food production, through a range of theoretical approaches including Public Understanding of Science, Science and Technology Studies and Social Studies of Science and Technology. We will also look at the contribution of other theories from sociology and philosophy, such as Feminism and Post-Colonialism, to our current understanding of the `science machine?. Students will also participate in masterclasses with leading scholars in the field, and work together to prepare a series of Q&A-style forums.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 3006
    Course Science and Society
    Coordinating Unit Humanites & Social Sciences Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 48 units of undergraduate study
    Course Description Where does science fit in a post-truth world? If scientific knowledge is socially constructed, like experiential or other types of knowledge, does that mean that there is nothing special about scientific expertise? Recent geopolitical events, for example the ?March for Science?, have highlighted the complex relationship between scientific knowledge and social, political and economic structures. In this course, we will examine current issues in science and society across key areas, for example climate change and energy, health and medicine, and food production, through a range of theoretical approaches including Public Understanding of Science, Science and Technology Studies and Social Studies of Science and Technology. We will also look at the contribution of other theories from sociology and philosophy, such as Feminism and Post-Colonialism, to our current understanding of the `science machine?. Students will also participate in masterclasses with leading scholars in the field, and work together to prepare a series of Q&A-style forums.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understand a broad and coherent body of knowledge in Liberal Arts and Sciences and in a selected discipline(s) relevant to science and society, with in-depth knowledge of relevant concepts, theories, skills, debates, emerging issues and methods of inquiry within these disciplines.
    2 Apply creative and critical thinking to identify and solve problems within complex scientific, social, political and cultural contexts using rigorous techniques of inquiry involving a variety of primary and secondary sources.
    3 Identify social, political, economic and cultural issues relating to science and society and their ethical implications, and demonstrate the capacity to operate with personal and professional integrity in a range of social contexts.
    4 Communicate effectively in a range of spoken and written modes and formats within the relevant disciplines and professional contexts in a variety of scientific, social and cultural situations and contribute productively to group-based outcomes.
    5 Appreciate and manage their own personal capabilities through processes of self-appraisal, and demonstrate respect and mutual responsibility in sustaining productive relationships.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3,4,5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3,4,5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3,5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Reading and other resources required for learning will be available through MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Reading and other resources recommended for learning will be available through MyUni.
    Online Learning
    All online content will be made available through MyUni at the beginning of the semester.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course has been designed so that students are introduced to a topic in the lecture, and the workshop complements and extends the topic through interaction with an expert in the field and or the opportunity to read further and discuss the topic in groups. Students will work together in SGDE to develop ‘QandA’ type panels with experts on a topic of their choosing.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 1-hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour workshop per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction to Science and Society / Preparing for panels project

    Week 2 Public Understanding of Science 1 / Science in Public – GLAM sector

    Week 3 Public Understanding of Science 2 / Science in Public – media sector

    Week 4 What is Science and Technology Studies? / STS Masterclass 1

    Week 5 STS and “critical theories” / STS Masterclass 2

    Week 6 HPS and Science and Society / HPS Masterclass

    Week 7 Ethics and Science / Ethics Masterclass

    Week 8 Science and Policy in a Neoliberal world / Science and Policy Masterclass

    Week 9 Big Data and other issues in science publishing / Data/publication trends masterclass

    Week 10 Science and society in the Genomic Era / Student organised panel

    Week 11 Science and society and the Climate x Energy issue / student organised panel

    Week 12 Student choice (decided by end week 8) / student organised panel
    Specific Course Requirements
    Some workshops will involve travelling to locations within the Adelaide metro area at no cost to students
    Small Group Discovery Experience

    Students will work in groups to develop the student panels at the end of the semester. These will be ‘QandA’ type panels and organising will involve identifying the theme, identifying and liaising with panellists, scripting questions, promoting the event etc

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    3 x blog posts on workshops (approx 500 words) Formative and Summative

    Due weeks 5,8,12

    40% 4
    2000 word essay (or equivalent) Formative and Summative Due end week 9 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Panel participation (portfolio and 500 word reflection) Summative Due end week 12 20% 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend seminars as they will be highly interactive and provide opportunities for social learning. Only some parts of the seminars (for example the introduction of assessment tasks) will be recorded

    Students are expected to notify the course coordinator if they are unable to attend a seminar as soon as possible.

    The Faculty of Arts Modified Arrangements for Coursework Policy will apply for students who are unable to complete assessment tasks by the due date due to exceptional circumstances.
    Assessment Detail
    For all assignments, students will be given detailed instructions on an assessment task sheet and an assessment rubric. There will also be time to discuss the tasks within the workshops

    3 x blog posts on workshops (approx. 500 words)

    Students will be required to write 3 blog posts:
    1) One on any workshop from weeks 2-4 incl. Due at end week 5 (formative).
    2) The second is on any workshop from weeks 5-8 incl. Due end week 8.
    3) The last is on the QandA that they organised, due at the end of week 12.

    2000 word essay (or equivalent)
    Student will address a question related to the topic of science and society in a post-truth era and use theory and real-world examples to address the question. Due end week 9.

    Panel participation (portfolio and 500 word reflection)
    Students will submit a portfolio demonstrating their planning for the QandA panels and a short reflective piece evaluating the event and their contribution. Due end week 12.
    Submission
    Assignment submission instructions will be provided in MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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