SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

EDU5STC

2015

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 (e.g. cybersafety). In this subject students will learn about the history and philosophies underpinning science and technology and 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 investigate, identify and analyse issues pertinent to thriving technologies such as bio- and digital technologies. They examine the implications of these scientific and technological advancements/changes in terms of policies and education in schools.

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, Chapter 3.RecommendedHulme, M. (2013)CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. demonstrate an understanding of theories about Science and Technology, an understanding of the relationships between Science and Technology, and the relationships of Science, Technology and society as expressed in scholarly literature;

Activities:
Reading the relevant literature, classroom discussion, and opportunities to think about the ideas. One 4,000 word essay and one or more small group presentation

02. critically evaluate and debate issues related to the wide-ranging research activities and discoveries in the areas of Science, Mathematics and Technology, including using concepts of ethics and social responsibility in science and technology;

Activities:
Reading the relevant literature, classroom discussion, and opportunities to think about the ideas. One 4,000 word essay and one or more small group presentation

03. develop the implications of the influence of science, technology and society for education, and 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. One 4,000 word essay and one or more small group presentation

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDorothy Smith

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop
Four 6.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on saturday during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 4000-word assignment70 01, 02, 03
class participation and group work (equivalent 1,500-words)30 01, 02, 03