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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Reflect on science, how scientific ideas have changed over time and how science has impacted on society.



Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Laura Colucci-Gray

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • ED1052 Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Science and Learning 1 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is organised around a series of workshops addressing key issues in science and society.  It will enable students to develop and refine their understanding of major issues in science and society and make links with selected thinkers in education. 

Students will reflect on their own ideas of science and develop an understanding of key topics including evolution, carbon cycle, and controversial issues. 

Further Information & Notes

Students will work in groups discussing issues with their peers.

Students can negotiate and select an aspect of the course to research for their group presentations. Through engagement with a range of ideas from across societies and cultures students are encouraged to value diversity.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

57 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 essay of 3,000 words (100%).

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria in essay (100%).

Formative Assessment

Peer assessment of group presentation in week 37. Peer assessment of tutorial-related writing tasks. On-going formative feedback on engagement with course reading and tasks.


Feedback will be provided in time for students to use it to inform and improve their work. Peer assessment feedback typically within one week for written tasks and tutor marked work within four weeks of handing in, in line with School of Education's policy on assessment. Feedback will be appropriate and relevant, aiming to show where marks have been lost and how this might be improved on. If necessary face-to face meetings will be undertaken with students who are failing.

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