- Module code: IP102
- Module name: Science, Society and the Media
- Department: Liberal Arts
- Credit: 30
Module content and teaching
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.
Other essential notes
This module is not available to students from outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies.
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|30 CATS (Module code: IP102-30)|
|D1 (Assessed/examined work)||Group Production||20%|
|Essay 2000 words||30%|
|In-Class Test (held locally)||20%|
|2 hour examination (Summer)||30%|
|VA (Visiting students only)||100% assessed (visiting/exchange students)||100%|
This module is available on the following courses:
- Undergraduate Liberal Arts (LA99) - Year 1