ARTS 2003 - Science as a Social Enterprise
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ARTS 2003 Course Science as a Social Enterprise 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 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Restrictions Available to BLibArts&Sci students only Course Description Bruno Latour describes the way that scientific and technical work is made invisible by its own success as 'black boxing'. In this course, students will look inside the 'black box' to examine how scientific knowledge is currently created, used, applied, shared, and arguably controlled by a range of social factors. Students in this course will observe scientists at work and draw on a range of theories, in particular Science and Technology Studies (STS) to examine science as a social enterprise.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington
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Course Learning Outcomes
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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
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIn this course, students will undertake a research project that will involve observing activities within a scientific research group for up to 8 hours per week. The project will run through the semester and one 2-hour seminar will support students through their project.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 1 X 2-hour seminar per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours reading per week 24 hours per semester 8 hours research project per week 96 hours per semester 1 hour assignment preparation per week 12 hours per semester TOTAL - 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction to Science as a Social Enterprise - Preparing for research project Week 2 Observing science at work: ethics, introduction to qualitative research, interviews Week 3 Latour and the social construction of science and technology Week 4 The spatial/physical organisation of science Week 5 The social organisation of science Week 6 Instrumentation and 'black boxes' Week 7 Data: creation, organisation, dissemination Week 8 Relationships between the laboratory and the outside world Week 9 The "culture" of science Week 10 Report writing, presentation skills Week 11 Student presentations Week 12 Student presentations
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will spend up to 8 hours per week undertaking a research project that will involve observations with a science research group so may require out of hours work and travel (depending on the host laboratory).
Small Group Discovery ExperienceAlthough the research projects are individual (in terms of assessment), it is intended that the students work in groups informally to support each other through the process. Some students may be co-located for their observations.
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Assessment SummaryAssessment task 1. 500 word research proposal (formative and summative 10%)
Assessment task 2. 4000 word research report (summative 70%)
Assessment task 3. Oral presentation (summative 20%)
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are expected to attend seminars. While they will be recorded, the seminars will be highly interactive and provide opportunities for social learning.
Students are expected to negotiate times for observations with their host science group.
Students are expected to notify the course coordinator if they are unable to attend a seminar or observations with their host science group 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 task 1. 500 word research proposal: Students will prepare a mini research proposal/ethics application for their research placement. Students will be provided with an assignment sheet outlining the task and an assessment rubric. There will be opportunity for formative feedback from peers and instructors. This task is due for summative assessment at the end of week 4.
- Assessment task 2. 4000 word research report: Students will prepare a descriptive research report that will connect the content from the seminars to science in practice. Students will be provided with an assignment sheet outlinging the task and an assessment rubric. Students will be expected to write approximately 600-700 words per week between weeks 4 and 10. There will be the opportunity for formative feedback from peers and instructors. This task is due for summative assessment at the end of week 10
- Assessment task 3. Oral presentation: Students will prepare a brief, 10 minute oral presentation on the above report. Students will be provided with an assessment sheet and rubric. Presentations in weeks 11/12.
SubmissionAssignment submission instructions will be provided in MyUni.
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
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