SCIENCE 4030 - Emerging Issues in Science and Society
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code SCIENCE 4030 Course Emerging Issues in Science and Society Coordinating Unit Sciences General Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Mixed mode - flexible and/or intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description This course will examine science-related issues that affect society, as well as social issues that affect science. Implications for science policy, science education, science communication and scientific research will be considered. Students will work in teams to examine specific science-related issues that affect society and make recommendations for action. Students will prepare evidence briefs to inform decision makers. Students will examine specific social issues that affect science, and prepare position statements on these issues. This course will provide historical perspective on the roles of science in society. It will enhance students? skills in team work, critical thinking, creative thinking and problem-solving to address issues in science and society.
Course Coordinator: Professor Diane Mather
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Critically analyse literature relevant to specific scientific advances and their social relevance. 2 Formulate logical evidence-based recommendations and supporting briefs related to issues in science and argue their relevance. 3 Negotiate complex societal issues in a team through collaborative investigation and reporting 4 Reflect on the social context of contemporary issues in science.
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 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
1,2 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 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 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
3,4 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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Learning Activities SummaryLearning activities will include
- 6 x 2-h tutorial sessions in which the instructor introduces a historical or current example of a scientific issue with social implications and students will participate in in-class activities and discussion related to that issue.
- 6 x 2-h tutorials designed to help students develop and practice skills needed for critical analysis of emerging issues in science and society
- 6 x 3-h workshops in which students will work in teams on specific science-related issues that affect society
Specific Course RequirementsNone
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Type of Assessment
Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes
Hurdle Yes or No
Course learning outcomes being assessed / achieved
(Should be no more than 3)
Approximate timing of assessment
(week of teaching period)
1, 2, 3
Assessment Related RequirementsNone
Assessment DetailIntroductory assignment (10%)
Each student will read a research article and write a concise statement about the possible social impact of the research and one concise recommendation that might help address that impact (up to 500 words total).
Position statement (30%)
Students will individually analyse a social issue that affects science and write a statement (up to 1500 words) that presents and justifies a specific position on this issue.
Team report (30%)
Students will work in groups of 3-5 (depending on class size) to analyse a science issue that affects (or has the potential to affect) society and to prepare a written report (up to 3000 words) that presents and justifies specific recommendations on that issue.
Evidence brief (10%)
Students will individually design and produce a one page (double-sided) evidence brief to support one or more recommendations related to a science issue that affects society.
Reflective statement (20%)
Students will maintain a reflective journal throughout the course that details their cognitive progression and records their contribution to team-based activities. Using this journal as a resource, students will reflect on their cognitive progression throughout the course and write a statement (up to 1000 words) on what they have learned throughout the course through participation in tutorials and workshops and through collaboration with their peers in team-based learning.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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