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IP102 - Science, Society and the Media

  • Module code: IP102
  • Module name: Science, Society and the Media
  • Department: Liberal Arts
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module engages students with contemporary questions around the public understanding of science and the role that the media plays in communicating science. The module tackles the prevalent assumption that "despite the huge strides made in technology, we still live in a scientifically illiterate society" (Gregory 2000) and examines the ways in which public decisions are shaped by the media’s representation and manipulation of science. The module’s practical components introduce students to a set of topical issues making headlines in the national and local media and invites critical and creative responses to them through close analysis of case studies.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have: ◾Acquired an in-depth understanding of the media’s role in shaping the public’s understanding of science ◾Examined the practical consequences of the media’s representation of specific scientific "issues" ◾Acquired an understanding of the ways in which Institutional interests influence science ◾Acquired an understanding of the ways in which institutional interests shape media reports ◾Studied, in depth, 2 theoretical stances explicating the relationship between science and institutional interests ◾Examined a range of controversial questions drawn from the national papers ◾Become familiar with the "language of news" and demonstrated their ability to deploy appropriate methods of critical analysis of news texts ◾Developed their ability to take a critical approach to news output and to use various methods of textual analysis ◾Developed their research and writing skills and compiled an e-portfolio of their work.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 2 hour workshop per week for 22 weeks in Terms 1, 2 and 3.

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Other essential notes

This module is not available to students from outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: IP102-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 30%
Assessed Course Work 30%
locally Adminstered Exam 10%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Liberal Arts (LA99) - Year 1
Optional Core