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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 ElectiveYes

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Capstone subjectNo

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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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: 1. the nature of science (its boundaries, methods, tools and dissemination practices and 2. 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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