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|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week. |
Total Time Commitment: Not available
|Prerequisites:||Admission to a coursework Masters program in the Faculty of Arts.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorDr Rosemary Robins
|Subject Overview:|| |
The subject will examine the complex relationship between science and its publics from historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives. Students will be asked to critically reflect on the role of science in society and examine how this may have changed over time. They will evaluate the need to promote the public understanding of science and to increase levels of 'scientific literacy' in today's society. Various analytical approaches to the public understanding of science will be examined. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical appraisal of the cognitive deficit model of the public understanding of science and examine the effectiveness or otherwise of methods that have been used to evaluate public attitudes to science and technology.
|Assessment:||One 1000 word paper 20% due during the first half of the semester. One 1000 word paper 20% due during the second half of the semester. One 3000 word essay 60% due during the examination period.|
|Recommended Texts:|| |
A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Book Shop.Irwin, A., and Michael, M., (2003) Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge Open U.P., Berkshire, England
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:|| |
Master of Arts (Science, Communication and Society) |
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History & Philosophy of Science)
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