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SX1505: SCIENCE AND THE MEDIA (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • as a 6th century course, this is designed to consider the often complex and conflicting interface between science and the media from a variety of discipline perspectives; 
  • as such it complements the development of graduate attributes and enhanced study by providing an opportunity to move outside disciplines and consider broader contexts; 
  • the themes addressed are topical for today’s society including scientific and media methods, genetically modified foods, vaccination, global warming and fracking; 
  • varied and novel assessment strategies further enhance the student experience providing a range of challenges for students from any discipline

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Stephen Davies

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?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

How is scientific evidence constructed? How can we determine “good” science from “bad” science? How is science presented in different media? These questions will be addressed through critical analysis of modern and historical case studies exploring the interaction between science and media.

Further Information & Notes

This course is only available to students registered in Programme Years 1 and 2. Attendance at sixth century courses is compulsory. Students who do not attend all classes (including lectures) for a sixth century course, without exceptional cause, will not pass the engagement component of the course and will therefore fail the course.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%): consisting of 4 diverse assessments of 25% each.

Students must submit all assessments in order to pass the course.

Students will have the opportunity to submit/resubmit any assessment missed or failed.

Resit: Submission/resubmission of work not previously submitted or submitted and failed.

Formative Assessment

Workshops and practice questions will provide formative assessments.


Feedback will be given on performance in workshops and practice questions will carry full feedback for immediate self-reflection. The summative assessments will be returned with written feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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