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HR903 - BioScience, Politics & Social Acceptability

  • Module code: HR903
  • Module name: BioScience, Politics & Social Acceptability
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10, 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

1. To introduce a range of opinions/arguments and to engage in the debates for and against the introduction of new technologies. 2. To analyse the risks associated with the introduction of new technology. 3. To understand the principles and scientific basis of risk assessment and scientific proof. 4. To understand the changes in agriculture: industry structure, trends in agricultural trade policies and the globalisation. 5. To analyse the reasons for concern of new technology. 6. To evaluate the impact of social and political forces on the acceptability of new technology. 7. To understand the political and social roles of science in assessment and substantiation. 8. To explore the political and social consequences of emergent agricultural technologies 9. To understand the roles and responsibilities of national and international bodies in regulating food safety, international trade, intellectual property rights and trade disputes.

Principal learning outcomes

Subject Knowledge and understanding: By the end of the module the student should understand the fundamental relationships between science, industry, society, the environment and political change; By the end of the module the student should be able to understand the principles and scientific basis of risk assessment and scientific proof and relate this to evaluation of threats to the environment, food safety and new and emerging technologies. Key skills: By the end of the module the student should be able to use and evaluate a range of views on a subject and to communicate, listen and debate these views. Cognitive skills: By the end of the module the student should be able to analyse why certain technologies can generate social concern and political impact. Subject-Specific/Professional Skills: By the end of the module the student should be able to understand and address the need for cross-disciplinary approaches to evaluate the impacts of biotechnology in agriculture on society and beyond.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures for the module 15 hours; Seminars for the module 8 hours; Workshops and debate sessions 7 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR903-10)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed coursework 70%
  Seminar presentation 30%
12 CATS (Module code: HR903-12)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed coursework 70%
  Seminar presentation 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate (D4A1) - Year 2
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science (F1PC) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science (F1PC) - Year 3
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science (F1PC) - Year 4
  • The Warwick Postgraduate Award in Transferable Skills in Science (F1PD) - Year 2
  • The Warwick Postgraduate Award in Transferable Skills in Science (F1PD) - Year 3