Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the nature of science in the context of current debates about Science in Society. Students will explore what science is, how it works and how science and society interrelate. SCI1SIS provides opportunities to discuss and debate global and local socio-scientific issues. Students will be presented with a diversity of values and viewpoints on these issues and will be guided to develop the necessary skills to communicate effectively with people holding a range of views. Students will work in groups on one socio-scientific issue and apply their knowledge to evaluate the arguments, evidence and misconceptions about science presented as part of debate about the issue. This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship entails a deep appreciation of how we live in an interconnected world, being able to recognize the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries, and work with diverse communities - now and in the future.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMartin Steinbauer

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify, summarise and evaluate ethical, political, economic, social or scientific arguments around a current socio-scientific issue using media sources
02. Apply knowledge of: a. The nature of science (its boundaries, methods, tools and dissemination practices and b. Some foundational scientific concepts to explore and evaluate a chosen current socio-scientific issue.
03. Identify and evaluate a range of misconceptions about science in the context of a socio-scientific issue
04. Evaluate their performance as a member of a team using a reflective journal.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMartin Steinbauer

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"One two-hour online self study module per week."

Lecture Week: 31 - 31
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One Argument Analysis (500 word equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1
One group 15-minute movie documentary (700 word equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One individual essay (1000 word equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
Online learning activities (6 quizzes 50 word equiv each, 300 words equiv total)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Two 750 word reflective reports (1500 words total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO2