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Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:49

Course Overview

• this 6th century course, this is designed to consider the often complex and conflicting interface between science and the media

• as such it complements the development of graduate attributes and enhanced study by providing an opportunity to move outside disciplines and consider broader contexts

• using various examples, we determine how "the science" is determined and how different strands of the media, from academic to social, filter that message

• the themes addressed are topical for today’s society including scientific and media methods, genetically modified foods, vaccination, covid-19, 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Stephen N. 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?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week26
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 27, 29, 31, 34

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

4x continuous assessments 25% each


Resit: resubmission of failed elements

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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