SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

EDU5STC

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

We live in a society greatly influenced by science and technology. Hence, exploring how science and technology affect and shape society is important for our understanding of a range of public issues such as those concerned with the environment, medicine and our health, communication and security. In addition understanding the ways in which society influences science and technology is a useful aspect of being scientifically literate. In this subject students will learn about the development of ideas about science and philosophies underpinning science. They will explore the relationship between science/technology and society by examining the role of society in influencing scientific and technological changes, and the impact of these changes in shaping society. They examine the implications of these scientific and technological advancements/changes for education.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDorothy Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects EDU4STS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsScience education for everyday life,RecommendedAikenhead, G.S. (2006)TEACHERS COLLEGE PRESS 2006
ReadingsWhy we disagree about climate change.RecommendedHulme, M. (2013)CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsUnderstanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education.RecommendedRyder, J., Dillon, J., & Henriksen, E. K.(2014)Springer

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between science and technology, and the relationships between science, technology and society as expressed in scholarly literature;

Activities:
Reading the relevant literature, classroom discussion, and opportunities to think about the ideas. A short writing task, one 3000 word essay and contribution to a small group presentation

02. critically evaluate and debate issues related to science and technology in society;

Activities:
Reading the relevant literature, classroom discussion, and opportunities to think about the ideas. A short writing task, one 3000 word essay and contribution to a small group presentation

03. discuss the ways in which contemporary science and technology impact upon education, framed as both formal schooling and informal education;

Activities:
Reading the relevant literature, classroom discussion, and opportunities to think about the ideas. A short writing task, one 3000 word essay and contribution to a small group presentation

04. propose appropriate strategies for educating school students and/or adults to be scientifically and technologically literate.

Activities:
Reading the relevant literature, classroom discussion, and opportunities to think about the ideas. A short writing task, one 3000 word essay and contribution to a small group presentation

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDorothy Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Four 5.0 hours lecture per study period on saturday during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Four 2.0 hours workshop per study period on saturday during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group work. Equivalent to 1200 words.This task will be peer assessed.20 01
Summary of one or more scholarly articles. Equivalent to 1200 words.20 02, 03
one 3000-word essayStudents' ability to do this task is developed through the learning activities listed for this subject and through feedback provided for the other tasks. Students are strongly advised to attend face-to-face classes, do the set preparation, engage with online materials and submit work on time.60 01, 02, 03, 04